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Fourth Wednesdays at the Trylon

The Mizna Film Series is a monthly selection of programs, marking Mizna’s first venture into year-round curated film programming. While the annual Film Festival organized by the St. Paul-based organization focuses primarily on the works of contemporary artists, the Mizna Film Series provides a space to expand Mizna’s regular film programming to include screenings, critical essays, filmmaker interviews, and discussions exploring revolutionary forms of cinema from the Southwest Asia and North Africa region and beyond.

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Upcoming Films in this Series

Wed, December 22

DIVINE INTERVENTION

(2001, DCP, 92m, Palestine/France, Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles) dir Elia Suleiman. Narrative feature. In Nazareth, under a guise of banal normalcy, the town embraces folly. Under pressure from his failing business, a man takes matters into his own hands and tries to break a chain reaction of petty feuds. He breaks down himself. The man is ES' father. A love story takes place between a Palestinian man living in Jerusalem and a Palestinian woman from Ramallah. The man -…

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Past Films in this Series

Starts Wed, October 27

GAZA MON AMOUR

(2020, DCP, 88m, Palestine/France/Germany/Portugal/Qatar, Arabic with English subtitles) dir Arab and Tarzan Nasser w/Salim Daw, Hiam Abbass, Maisa Abd Elhadi. Narrative feature. Gaza, today. Sixty-year-old Sherman Issa is secretly in love with Siham, a woman who works as a dressmaker at the market. Finally determined to propose, he gets momentarily distracted by the discovery of an ancient statue of Apollo in his fishing net, which he decides to hide at home. When Hamas discovers the existence of this mysterious treasure,…

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Starts Wed, November 24

COMPLICATING FAMILIES: BEST-OF-FEST SHORTS PROGRAM

Screening the week of Thanksgiving, this series is a selection of the best short films from Mizna’s 2021 Arab Film Festival. Including Darine Hotait’s Tallahassee, the audience award winner for best short film, these fan favorites each demonstrate the complexity of family and belonging, and they explore the importance of communities, both made and inherited. Tallahassee (2021, DCP, 22m, USA, English) dir Darine Hotaiit. Narrative short. On the day of her release from a psychiatric facility, Mira, an Arab American…

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