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“A provocative and hilarious cross-cultural investigation.”
— Jonathan Rosenbaum

“Jerry & Me is a love letter to cinema”
— Chicago Journal

Jerry & Me will be shown at the 33rd San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, July 25th-August 12th 2013.

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Click the image to go to the “Jerry & Me” festival page.

More info:
http://typecastfilms.com/shop/jerry-and-me/

DVD: $295.00 — DVD with DSL $495.00 - This film is available with a Digital Site License (DSL), which allows colleges, universities, or libraries to encode, locally host, and stream the film to their community on a closed, password-protected system.

Description: Iranian filmmaker Mehrnaz Saeedvafa examines questions of identity utilizing a surprising metaphor: the comedies of Jerry Lewis. While a young girl in pre-revolutionary Tehran, Saeedvafa was fascinated by the spastic Jewish funnyman who was often dubbed into Farsi. Years later, she reconsiders all things Jerry in the light of an uncomfortable personal encounter.

Additional Information: Mehrnaz Saeedvafa is an Iranian American filmmaker who has made number of short films. She is also a film professor at the Film &Video Department of Columbia College Chicago. Mehrnaz has written extensively on Iranian cinema. Her book on Abbas Kiarostamico-written with Jonathan Rosenbaum was published in 2003. She has been the artistic consultant of the Annual Festival of Films from Iran at Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago since 1989.

 



The whole world loves the taste of falafel, but in the Middle East, it’s the dish they proudly call their own. Can this humble sandwich bring people and even nations together? Falafelism follows the falafel as it rolls its way through world history, cultural identity, the working class, international politics, the diaspora, a bunch of hospitable cooks and one stuffed face.

Filmed in North America, Europe and the Middle East, with leading scholars, restaurateurs and everyday people, the filmmaker gains 20 pounds in search of meaning and hope for a brighter future.

More info:
http://typecastfilms.com/shop/falafelism-the-politics-of-food-in-the-middle-east/

DVD: $350.00 — DVD with DSL $550.00

This film is available with a Digital Site License (DSL), which allows colleges, universities, or libraries to encode, locally host, and stream the film to their community on a closed, password-protected system.



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“Mark Cousins is incapable of writing anything
about cinema history without making it fascinating.”

—Sean Connery

In 2011, Irish author, filmmaker, and former director of Edinburgh Film Festival, Mark Cousins, ended his cinematic odyssey with the release of the 15 hour long compilation documentary: The Story of Film. For this epic project, Mark traveled the world to learn more about the films of renowned directors such as Youssef Chahine, John Ford, Abbas Kiarostami and Ritwik Ghatak and to experience firsthand the settings of their master works. While in Iran, Mark made two tribute documentaries on Iranian cinema: On the Road with Kiarostami and Cinema Iran.

In A Journey Through Iranian Cinema With Mark Cousins, Iranian filmmaker Ehsan Khoshbakht catches up with Mark during the English tour of The Story of Film. Mark explores the impact of the films of Forough Farrokhzad, Abbas Kiarostami and the Makhmalbaf(s) have had on his life as filmmaker and film lover, as he reminisces about the two trips he made from Scotland to Iran in his campervan. Mark also offers fascinating insights on modern Iran: A country whose rich culture and vast history are often overshadowed by the day-to-day fluctuations in modern-day politics.

More info:
http://typecastfilms.com/shop/journey-through-iranian-cinema/

DVD: $225.00 — DVD with DSL $425.00

This film is available with a Digital Site License (DSL), which allows colleges, universities, or libraries to encode, locally host, and stream the film to their community on a closed, password-protected system.



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“A provocative and hilarious cross-cultural investigation.”
— Jonathan Rosenbaum

“Jerry & Me is a love letter to cinema”
— Chicago Journal

In her intimate documentary “Jerry & Me,” filmmaker Mehrnaz Saeedvafa examines the significant role that Hollywood movies played in her life, both as a young film lover growing up in pre-revolutionary Iran, and as an adult working as a filmmaker and educator in both Iran and the USA.

Of particular focus in “Jerry & Me” is the intimate relationship young Mehrnaz develops with the image of Jerry Lewis, the iconic American film auteur who delighted audiences around the world with hilarious portrayals of outcasts and misfits in popular Hollywood comedies of the 1950s and ’60s.

As illustrated through a variety of Lewis’ film clips, the shifts in the comedian’s on-screen persona reflected the twists and turns of Saeedvafa’s own life, providing her much needed comfort and companionship during a time that was tumultuous and chaotic. Mehrnaz’s illusion of Lewis as an empathetic fellow outsider is ultimately shattered, however, by the stark reality of a real-life encounter with the star.

More info:
http://typecastfilms.com/3135/jerry-and-me/

DVD: $295.00 — DVD with DSL $495.00

This film is available with a Digital Site License (DSL), which allows colleges, universities, or libraries to encode, locally host, and stream the film to their community on a closed, password-protected system.



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A semi-autobiographical short video play by Jamil Khoury, both/and disrupts the dictates of “either/or” and “us vs. them,” imagining identities that are holistic and non-fragmented.

In both/and, the characters of Jamil, Arab Man, and Gay Man explore and explode the constructed boundaries between American and Arab, Arab American and gay, for-profit and not-for-profit, and other assorted disputed territories.

DVD copies include On both/and and Being a Both/And-er, an 11-minute video essay in which writer-producer Jamil Khoury discusses the themes and ideas presented in his film. Khoury’s documentary film Not Quite White is also available from Typecast here.

More info:
http://typecastfilms.com/3087/bothand/

DVD: $175.00 — DVD with DSL $375.00

This film is available with a Digital Site License (DSL), which allows colleges, universities, or libraries to encode, locally host, and stream the film to their community on a closed, password-protected system.



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Inspired by Jamil Khoury’s short play WASP: White Arab Slovak PoleNot Quite White: Arabs, Slavs, and the Contours of Contested Whiteness is a thought-provoking documentary that explores the complicated relationship of Arab and Slavic immigrants to American notions of whiteness.

The film integrates scenes from WASP alongside interviews with Arab American and Polish American academics who reflect upon contested and probationary categories of whiteness and the use of anti-Black racism as a “whitening” dye.

In Not Quite White, Jamil Khoury (Artistic Director of Chicago’s Silk Road Rising) draws upon his own Arab (Syrian) and Slavic (Polish and Slovak) heritage as the lens through which to investigate the broader issue of immigrants achieving whiteness and hence qualifying as “fully American.” The film advances society’s on-going conversations about the meaning of whiteness and efforts at redefining whiteness.

Not just for white people, and not just for Arabs and Slavs, Not Quite White proceeds from the assumption that whiteness affects all our lives and that we all need to critically engage whiteness. “Whiteness has everything to do with melanin and pigmentation and it has nothing to do with melanin and pigmentation,” Khoury observes. “Whiteness is about power and borders and authorship. And whiteness can, and does, change.”

The academics featured in Not Quite White include: Roxane Assaf, Adjunct Faculty, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Ann Hetzel Gunkel, Director of Cultural Studies, Columbia College Chicago; John Tofik Karam, Assistant Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies, De Paul University; Dominic A. Pacyga, Professor of History, Columbia College Chicago.

DVD copies also include On Whiteness, a 16-minute video essay in which writer and co-director Jamil Khoury discusses the themes and ideas presented in his film.

More info:
https://typecastfilms.com/3031/not-quite-white/

DVD: $150.00 — DVD with DSL $295.00

This film is available with a Digital Site License (DSL), which allows colleges, universities, or libraries to encode, locally host, and stream the film to their community on a closed, password-protected system.

Rental Information
This film is available from AFD for public screenings and television broadcast. For information regarding rental rates and formats, please contact info@arabfilm.com for institutional/non-theatrical screenings, or info@arabfilm.com for theatrical, festival, television, or other bookings.



“Magnificent!…must not be missed. I could heap praises on it forever.”
— The Stranger

“Fascinating…Deneuve’s disorientation comes to stand for that
distance we all feel in the West when forced to think about the reality behind the headlines and news reports.”

— FILM4

“An unusual, personal film…defies description.”
— Seattle Times

AFD/Typecast is offering a reduced price on all “I Want to See” DVD pre-orders. Your DVD will ship in time for you to have it by the September 20th release date!
Cleverly blurring the lines between documentary and fiction, directors Khalil Joreige and Joana Hadjithomas (A Perfect Day) create a mesmerizing, thought-provoking travelogue following legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve (Potiche, Belle de Jour) to the southern regions of Lebanon so she can see first-hand the devastation caused by Israel’s bombing campaign in the summer of 2006.

DVD Features
Filmographies
Typecast Trailers
Language: Arabic & French | Subtitles: English

More info:
http://typecastfilms.com/i-want-to-see/ or http://arabfilm.com/item/538/
Retail Price—$24.99
Preorder Price—$19.99

 



“Director Julian Schnabel puts his
unmistakable dreamlike stamp on the film.”

— USA Today“The Beauty of Julian Schnabel, he creates art
that inspires discussion for World leaders.”
— Huffington Post

“Courageous and groundbreaking.”
— The Independent

The story of a Palestinian girl coming of age amidst the Arab-Israeli conflict, Miralis one of the first large-scale American films to deal directly with the war between Israel and Palestine. Directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), the film stars Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Alexander Siddig, Vanessa Redgrave, and Willem Dafoe. Available today from our AFD website!
More info: http://www.arabfilm.com/item/552/
—$29.99

Iraq in Fragments
We’ve reduced the price of Iraq in Fragments on Blu-ray! American director James Longley spent more than two years filming in Iraq to create this stunningly photographed, Oscar-nominated documentary of the war-torn country as seen through the eyes of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds.More info:

http://typecastfilms.com/1093/iraq-in-fragments/

July Sale—$24.99

Also, just a quick reminder that there are only a few more weeks to take advantage of our July sale on DVD copies of The English Sheik & the Yemeni Gentleman and A New Day in Old Sana’a, two of the only films ever made in Yemen! More info and discount prices included below.

The English Sheik & the Yemeni Gentleman
More info: www.arabfilm.com/item/61/
July Sale—$18.99

A New Day in Old Sana’a
More info: www.arabfilm.com/item/415//
July Sale—$18.99



TWO FILMS FROM YEMEN
 

Yemen has been making headlines lately, as the Yemeni people fight for a representative government. Through the month of July, we’re offering a discount on two of the only films ever made in Yemen—works that not only represent the Yemeni people, traditions, and culture, but that also show the breathtaking beauty of the country.

“An unadulterated view of the true Yemen (with a) clarity and
precision often lacking in or misinterpreted by foreign media.”

— MSA News 

When a British-born Yemeni man living in London travels back to his family’s homeland for the first time, he takes as his guide an eccentric Englishman who has been living in Yemen for the past 16 years. Together they explore Yemen—its people, its culture, and traditions.

More info: http://www.arabfilm.com/item/61/
July Sale—$18.99

 

“Weaves a fairytale of unrequited love, bundled together with an anecdote
or two suffused with local color… indulges in a bit of magical realism.”

— Toronto Daily Star

This charming film tells the passionate tale of the handsome young Tariq, who is about to marry the daughter of a prominent and powerful judge. Late one night Tariq wanders into the heart of the ancient city of Sana’a, where he sees a beautiful young woman dancing in the street. He falls in love with her at first sight and then must choose whether to follow his heart or to protect his family’s honor.

More info: http://www.arabfilm.com/item/415/
July Sale—$18.99



The Austin Film Society is putting on the Essential Cinema series, “Children Of Abraham/Ibrahim 5: Films Of The Middle East And Beyond.”  This series brings human faces and individual stories to the statistics and overwhelming images coming from the Middle East, and features two Typecast titles. The series runs Tuesday nights at 7 PM from February 15 to March 29, 2011 at The Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar (1120 S Lamar) in Austin, TX. There will be a free screening of 12 ANGRY LEBANESE on Thursday, February 17th at UT’s Avaya Auditorium, featuring a Q&A with Typecast Films very own John Sinno! (see below for complete details).

For complete film descriptions, visit www.austinfilm.org.

February 15 – BLISS (Mutluluk) Austin Premiere
Directed and produced by Abdullah Oguz. Turkey, 2007, distributed by First Run Features, 35mm, 1.85:1, color, 105 min. Turkish with English subtitles

SPECIAL PRESENTATION – Free and open to the public
February 17 – 12 ANGRY LEBANESE Documentary by Zeina Daccache, Lebanon, 2009
Q&A with John Sinno (Oscar-nominated Producer [IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS] and Arab Film Distribution founder & CEO) Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (UT at Austin), the Arabic Flagship Program and AFS at UT’s Avaya Auditorium (ACES 2.302, 201 E. 24th St.)

February 22 – THE WHITE MEADOWS (Keshtzar Haye Sepid) Austin Premiere Co-presented by the Global Film Initiative as part of the Global Lens 2011 film series.
Directed, produced, and written by Mohammad Rasoulof. Iran, 2009, distributed by Global Film Initiative, DigiBeta, color, 92 min. Farsi with English subtitles

March 1 – WWW: WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Austin Premiere.
Directed and written by Faouzi Bensaïdi. Morocco, 2006, distributed by Global Film Initiative, 35mm, color, 94 min. French & Arabic with English subtitles

March 8 – PASSION (Bab el makam) Austin Premiere
Directed by Mohamed Malas. Syria, 2005, distributed by Typecast Films, digibeta, color, 98 min. Arabic with English subtitles

March 22 — CLOSED DOORS (Al abwab al Moghlaka) Austin Premiere
Directed and written by Atef Hetata. Egypt, 1999, distributed by Typecast Films, 35mm, color, 105 min. Arabic with English subtitles

March 29 — BLOOD RELATION Austin Premiere Co-presentation of AFS and Austin Jewish Film Festival
Documentary directed and written by Noa Ben Hagai. Israel, 2009, DVD distributed by Israeli Films, color, 75 min. Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles

Admission is FREE for new or current AFS members and $8 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased online at www.austinfilm.org. Online ticket sales close at 3 PM on the day of the screening for each film. Remaining tickets are available at the theater on the day of the screening.