(ANSA) – FLORENCE, 22 SEPT – Stories, characters and current affairs from the Middle East, with a focus on Afghanistan, will be at the center of the next edition of Middle East Now, a festival that returns to Florence from 28 September to 3 October, with a program of cinema, documentaries, art, exhibitions, music, food, meetings and cultural projects. The preview of 42 films awarded in the best international festivals, a film journey that touches the countries of the Middle Eastern area: Iran, Iraq, Kurdistan, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Syria, Algeria, Morocco , Tunisia and Algeria.
The theme of this 12th edition will be the (re) -alignment of perspectives, the need for a realignment after the pandemic. The events will take place in presence at the Cinema La Compagnia, at the Cinema Stensen and in other city spaces, but also online. The festival will propose a thematic itinerary dedicated to Afghanistan with a selection of films and documentaries, talks, books, meetings with testimonies, which will accompany the spectators in a country that is experiencing a dramatic political and social evolution. The focus goes beyond cinema and extends to a selection of books dedicated to Afghanistan, presented in the bookshop, to the music in the room, to the food events, to the talks scheduled during the week of the festival. Among other special projects, there is also the photography and video exhibition of the Moroccan artist Tabit Rida dedicated to Marrakech, the exhibition of illustrations by the Kuwaiti artist Zahra Marwan, on the complexity of being Middle Eastern in a reality and a completely country. different, a series of talks and workshops with the authors, to observe the Middle East from a different point of view than usual. (HANDLE).
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