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Fourth Wednesdays at the Trylon

The Mizna Film Series is a monthly selection of Southwest Asian/North African (SWANA) film programming curated by Mizna, a St. Paul–based, Arab American arts nonprofit that publishes a biannual Arab American literary journal and presents the annual Twin Cities Arab Film Festival each fall. The Mizna Film Series expands Mizna’s regular programming to include repertory screenings, critical essays, filmmaker interviews, and discussions, exploring documentary, narrative, and non-narrative filmmaking practices and aesthetics from the SWANA region and beyond.

The Mizna Film Series screens classic and contemporary works by SWANA artists at the Trylon on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary. If you miss a screening, most films are available on Mizna’s virtual cinema following the in-person screening.

Mizna’s 2022 Twin Cities Arab Film Festival returns to the Trylon September 29–October 2! The Arab Film Festival debuts independent narrative, documentary, and experimental films from more than fifteen Arabic-speaking countries and their diasporas. The festival brings contemporary film from SWANA filmmakers. This year’s festival program engages and interrogates diaspora as experience and filmmaking practice, and each film questions what it means to seek home or family in a place one has never visited; to find home in the foreign, borrowed, or temporary; or to see oneself as both in and outside the places we call home. Join Mizna for powerful stories from SWANA artists representing themselves and their world through film. More details coming soon at https://www.trylon.org/films/category/miznas-16th-twin-cities-arab-film-festival/

BOY FROM HEAVEN

(2022, DCP, narrative, 126m, Arabic w/English subtitles) dir Tarik Saleh w/Tawfeek Barhom, Fares Fares, Mohammad Bakri. Egypt, Sweden. Adam, the son of a fisherman, is offered the ultimate privilege to study at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the epicenter of power of Sunni Islam. Shortly after his arrival in Cairo, the university’s highest ranking religious […]

THE BLUE CAFTAN 

(2022, DCP, narrative, 122m, Arabic w/English subtitles) dir Maryam Touzani w/Lubna Azabal, Saleh Bakri, Ayoub Missioui. Morocco. Halim and Mina run a traditional caftan store in one of Morocco’s oldest medinas. In order to keep up with the commands of the demanding customers, they hire Youssef. The talented apprentice shows an utmost dedication in learning […]

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