While outside bombs go off and snipers are on alert, a family hides day and night in their apartment in Damascus. Oum Yazan, the mother of three children, tries desperately to keep her family alive. She waits nervously for her husband to come home, will he come? Is it her husband who knocks on the door, or is it an outsider, a threat or attack? The family lives in constant anxiety, fear and danger. Philippe Van Leeuw shows how an extreme situation leads to extreme emotions and behaviour. Each decision can be vital for their survival.

Arabic speaking / Dutch subtitle
DIRECTOR: Philippe Van Leeuw
Belgium, 2017, 85 minutes


Archaeologist Jamel goes too Algeria to excavate ruins near the old Roman city Timgad. Once he’s there, he became the trainer of the local soccer club ‘La Juventus de Timgad’ for a while. He can rely on eleven players of 12 years old: boys who live dull lives, who doesn’t own shirts nor shoes, but have an abundant amount of talent. But their best player turns out to be a girl. Between the remains of the Antiquity Jamel discovers weird twists of origins and a faltering Algeria looking for reconcilement… as soccer champion. A light movie about gender equality and (religious) tolerance. A simple but also touching comedy.

Arabic speaking / Dutch subtitle
DIRECTOR: Fabrice Benchaouche
France, 2016, 101 minutes


The reason of this suspense movie, directed by the Swedish director Tarik Saleh, is a true murder case which held the Egyptian media under its spell. Noredin, an ordinary corrupt police detective in Cairo, fills his salary by bribing small shop owners and criminals. One night a murder case is assigned to him. The body of a singer is found in the Nile Hilton hotel. At first, it looked like a ‘crime passionel’, but after a while the trail leads to the Egyptian elite. The film won the Grand Jury-prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Arabic speaking / Dutch subtitle
DIRECTOR: Tarik Saleh
Sweden, 2017, 111 minutes


Director Raed Andoni places an advertisement in the newspaper of Ramallah. He’s searching for old-residents of the Moskobiya interrogating-centre in Jerusalem. He is looking for men who have experience as crafting, architecture or acting. After a casting, Raed builds a replica of the interrogation rooms and -cells of the centre in a hall – under surveillance of the ex-prisoners and based on their memories.

Arabic speaking / Dutch subtitle
DIRECTOR: Raed Andoni
Palestine, 2017, 94 minutes


Three women share an apartment in Tel Aviv. Leila, Salma and Noor. The first woman, Leila, is a chain-smoking, unrestrained lawyer. The second is a Christian, lesbian dj. The third is a devoted, well-behaved Muslima who is being kept down by her future husband. The moviemaker knows how to avoid obvious twists, she finds other turns throughout the characters instead. The nightlife in Tel Aviv is one of those turns. Despite Tel Aviv being a city, it is also a character in the movie. It’s like the magic land of Oz for young people who try to escape the depressing society of the countryside. The director does not avoid sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. It’s an intriguing, feminine, energetic portrait of the clash between cultures in Tel Aviv. Openings movie MOOOV 2017.

Arabic speaking / Dutch subtitle
DIRECTOR: Maysaloun Hamoud
Israel, 2016, 96 minutes


Exquisite wine and stunning virgins – 72 for each single man! Such a fantastic image of the after-world is being spread through YouTube by Salafistic sheiks. Journalist Nedjma is doing research on the religiousness of the Algerian people and their vision of the afterlife and how these fantasies shimmer in the daily reality. The movie itself mixes documentary and fiction: Nedjma is a character, the interviews are real. There are relevant questions in the vivid conversations.

Arabic speaking / Dutch subtitle
DIRECTOR: Merzak Allouache
Algeria, 2016, 136 minutes


Mariam, 21 years old, puts on make-up in front of a mirror in the bathroom of a nightclub and tries on a sexy dress she lent from a friend. Back on the dancefloor, she lets her being seduced by an attractive guy, named Youssef. She will spend the whole night, a long night, with him. During the following hours, Miriam will have to fight for her rights and her dignity. But how can justice triumph when it stands side to side of the torturers? Based on a true story, the young debuting moviemaker tells this shocking story throughout nine chapters, each taken in one uninterrupted shot.
Arabic speaking / Dutch subtitle
Kaouther Ben Hania
Tunisia, 2017, 100 minutes


Oase Film Festival also takes place during Arab Cartoon this year. The theme of the fi lmfestival is also ‘Cracks in Society’. The festival focuses on the confl icts and fractures in and between our societies. The cultural and political relations between the Middle East, North Africa and Europe are under pressure, not only by the refugee crisis. Many of the fi lms bring characters (often women) to the footlight fi ghting for a personal identity, their own space and diffi cult to acquire freedoms. Intercultural confl icts are felt in an exceptional visual language. In specifi c political contexts, dignity is the beginning of a new identity, the beginning of everything. Now shocking, then humorous, and often based on true-to-life stories. The fi lm festival introduces the rich and diverse MENA kitchen: with a festive buffet at the opening and closing evening, the festival is also a discovery of new tastes.
1 movie: 8,5 euro
5 movies: 40 euro
10 movies: 75 euro