Published On: December 19, 2013

Arab Film Festival Opens with Brazilian Film

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Brazilian and Latin American films with Arab themes never seen before in Brazil will be exhibited in São Paulo beginning on February 3. The productions will be shown at the Premiere ICArabe Film Festival. This marks the tenth anniversary of the Institute of Arab Culture (Icarabe) of São Paulo.

“The idea behind the Premiere ICArabe is to create an opportunity for launching films. There is an increasing number of productions with Arab themes,” says Geraldo Campos, cultural director at the Icarabe and curator of the project. “It is also an opportunity to start debates and give more drive to the year’s Arab film calendar,” he stated.

Campos explained that there is great demand by the public for Arab productions, but many people cannot follow the entire program of the Arab World Film Festival, an event held by Icarabe.

The opening film at Premiere ICArabe will be “I Wasn’t Always Dressed Like This,” by Brazilian director Betty Martins. The film approaches the use of the veil among women in the United Kingdom. The short film of 30 minutes tells the story of three women who have chosen to wear the veil. One of the women is French and has converted to Islam.

After the screening, which takes place at 8:00 pm on February 3, at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, there will be a debate with anthropologist Francirosy Campos, coordinator of the Anthropology in Islamic and Arab Contexts Group (Gracias) at the Department of Psychology at the University of São Paulo. The film may also be seen from February 5 to 9, at the same venue.

“The debate on the first film will focus on prejudice, stereotypes, and representation [of Arabs] in the media. The idea is to debate the issue of women and the veil,” emphasizes Campos.

Geraldo Campos says he is also working on taking the exhibit to other cities after São Paulo. “Our aim is to expand the Institute’s activities to other cities in Brazil. People call us to organize film festivals. We want to promote Arab films with the Brazilian public,” he says. According to the director, Icarabe is preparing a series of other events to celebrate the Institute’s tenth anniversary.

“I Wasn’t Always Dressed Like This”

Premiere ICArabe Film Festival
Opening: February 3, at 8:00 pm
Film: “I Wasn’t Always Dressed Like This” by Betty Martins, followed by debate with anthropologist Francirosy Campos
Additional Showings: February 5 to 09 at 12:30 pm
Venue: CCBB – Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil – Rua Álvares Penteado, 112 | Centro | São Paulo | Tel. (55 11) 3113-3651 / 3113-3652 |
Price: free (Guests must pick-up their tickets one hour before opening time)
Seats: 70


[This article was written by Aurea Santos for the Brazil-Arab News Agency. It was translated by Silvia Lindsey and edited by CIE]






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