For the second year in a row we will meet you far from the cinemas and you will be able to watch special films from your homes, this year we have chosen for you, in cooperation with MOOOV, a group of Arabic-speaking films that you can follow through the official MOOOV website and the attached links, this version of the festival corresponds to the advent of the month of Ramadan And the end of the glorious Easter
We wish you happy days full of blessing and tolerance. Cards are available from April 16th via the attached link


Audience Award winner at the Giornate degli Autori in Venice. 200 meters is the actual distance separating two Palestinian localities divided by an Israeli fence, the one that separates Mustafa from his wife and children. Every night, Mustafa greets his family from balcony to balcony. The distance seems irreparable when he learns that his son is in the hospital. He will have no choice but to turn to a smuggler to get around the wall, in an urgent pulse-pounding odyssey, of a courageous father fighting against the paradoxes of life in Palestine.
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Direction: Ameen Nayfeh
Script: Ameen Nayfeh
Cinematography: Elin Kirschfink
Editing: Kamal El Mallakh
Music: Faraj Suliman
Sound: Sylvain Bellemare
Cast: Ali Suliman, Anna Utenberg, Motaz Malhees, Mahmoud Abu Aita
Production: May Odeh
Production Company: ODEH FILMS


Gaza, today. Sixty-year-old fisherman Issa is secretly in love with Siham, a woman who works as a dressmaker at the market. Finally determined to propose, Issa discovers 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, troubles begin for Issa. Will he still succeed in professing his love for Siham?
Director Tarzan & Arab Nasser
Screen writer Tarzan & Arab Nasser
Producer Rani Massalha, Marie Legrand, Mickael Eckelt,
Co-Producers Pandora da Cunha Telles, Pablo Iraola, Rashid Abdelhamid

The fifth edition of Oasis Film Festival

Mankind today is exposed to the catastrophe of the spread of the covid 19 epidemic resulting from the Corona virus and we all have to follow the special instructions to prevent the spread of the disease, provided that we remain as much as we can on human communication through the cinema, but today, everyone from his home calls on you to view Arab products on sensitive social issues that we may find solutions in Our present isolation, this version of the festival will display a group of films via links to watch online, in cooperation with the MOOOV International Film Festival
In collaboration with the MOOOV festival - Films Facing the world


The film focuses on Samia, a young unwed pregnant mother who goes looking for work and is taken in by a widowed baker, Abla.The film was inspired by a similar situation Touzani experienced where her parents sheltered a heavily pregnant woman in Tangier for several days during a time when being an unwed pregnant woman was illegal in Morocco.

A Couch in Tunis

After her studies in Paris and the beginning of her career there, 35-year-old psychoanalyst Selma returns home to start a practice in Tunis. The fall of dictator Ben Ali and the regime change made her decide to return. Shortly after the Revolution, there appears to be a great demand for mental health care in a country that is squeezed between tradition and modernity. She wants to help the Tunisians deal with all those cultural and social changes. A whole slew of colorful patients is reviewed. However, the fact that Selma is not married bothers many people, but even worse, it is not easy for her to get the right license to continue her practice. She has to compete with a bureaucratic system and a local police officer who has a crush on her. You would almost lose heart…


It Must Be Heaven

Elijah Suleiman flees Palestine in search of a new home. With an open mind he explores the world and looks with wonder at the places where he comes. Yet he always notices that in all those locations there is something that reminds him of his native country.

With "It Must Be Heaven" director Elia Suleiman does not want to make a statement or deliver a pamphlet about the political situation in Palestine, but assumes that the viewer is aware of the situation and has already made his own judgment. What Suleiman does is take a new perspective on what it means to be Palestinian in a global context. Something he succeeds by incorporating subtle humor in his travel stories.


143 desert street

In the middle of the desolation of the Algerian Sahara, Malika runs a simple shop. Truck drivers, fortune seekers and adventurers can get a cup of tea, an omelet, cigarettes or a bottle of water. Malika sees them coming through the square windows in the walls and watches them as they leave. A chair is always available next to her, at the small table against the wall.

Those who don't know her yet are curious about this woman here alone. Does she have no family, no children? She answers the same kind of questions over and over and over and over again tells her story. Or - for a change from boredom or annoyance - a variation on it.

You can watch the film online on 21.04 at eight o'clock in the evening via the attached link

Les épouvantails

Tunisia, 2013. Twenty-something Zina and Djo return home from Syria. There they were held captive and raped by radical Islamists. Zina is separated from her two-month-old baby and Djo is unwantedly pregnant; that makes her gag. Djo tries to process her terrible experiences by writing about it. The Tunisian lawyer Nadia and the doctor Dora take care of her and support her in the long processing process, which is further complicated by the violence in her own family circle and the harsh criticism in her social environment. Nadia is also Driss's lawyer, a 21-year-old homosexual who is excluded from all school facilities in Tunisia. Zina and Driss become friends and help each other to deal with the trauma that has been sustained. However, Djo remains bewitched by past demons. She cannot process Syria's horrible memories and commits suicide.


Nothing in director Nadine Labaki’s first two pleasant but tonally inconsistent features, “Caramel” and “Where Do We Go Now?,” approaches the power and skill of “Capernaum,” which represents a major leap forward in all departments. Proving herself an astonishingly accomplished director of non-professional performers as well as a measured storyteller, Labaki draws attention to the plight of children in Beirut’s slums and the Kafka-esque bind of people without ID cards. While this is unquestionably an issue film, it tackles its subject with intelligence and heart.
Film by: Nadine Labaki
Libanon, 2018, 123 minuten


The stories of five people are connected, even though they've never met. For 30 years, their lives have touched one another in Casablanca. The city, like the Hollywood film named for it, is a point of reference and inspiration: vibrant and rough, inviting yet unforgiving. Nabil Ayouch is one of the directors defining new Moroccan cinema.
Woens 7 November 14:00
Cinema UGC Turnhout


Tony Hanna is a Lebanese Christian and devoted member of the Christian Party, with a pregnant wife, Shirine. Not wanting workers near his property when Shirine is there, Tony discovers contractors modifying the gutter on his balcony. Tony smashes the gutter, to which the worker Yasser Abdallah Salameh calls Tony a "fucking prick". Tony recognizes Yasser as a Palestinian refugee by his accent; he watches anti-Palestinian propaganda and wishes for all Palestinians to leave the country. Although the balcony was in violation of building codes and the workers were fixing it, Tony demands an apology for the "fucking prick" remark from the company. The employers bring Yasser to Tony's garage to apologize in person; but when Tony states he wishes Israeli statesman Ariel Sharon had exterminated all Palestinians, Yasser punches him instead, breaking two ribs.
Thursday 8 November 20:00
Cinema UGC Turnhout
Tickets: https://www.mooov.be/Evenement/5293/Oase-Film-Festival/


Abu Shadi, 65, is a divorced father and a school teacher living in Nazareth. After his daughter’s wedding in one month he will be living alone. Shadi, his architect son, arrives from Rome after years abroad to help his father in hand delivering the wedding invitations to each guest as per local Palestinian custom. As the estranged pair spend the day together, the tense details of their relationship come to a head challenging their fragile and very different lives.
Friday 9 November 14:00
Cinema UGC Turnhout


Furtive fucking in the back of a van: this is what Sarah and Saleem’s relationship consists of. A few times a week, when Sarah has closed her café and Saleem is done with his delivery rounds. It might be better if they didn’t do it – they are both married, and so are risking their domestic happiness. But what makes the affair even more daring is that she's Jewish and he's Palestinian. In divided Jerusalem, this goes way beyond the private. Then Sarah and Saleem are seen together in a club in Bethlehem, and it’s not long before Saleem has the security services from both sides breathing down his neck. A simple extramarital affair becomes a spy sensation, which is given an extra political dimension by the fact that Sarah’s husband is a high-ranking officer in the Israeli army. This crippling supervision of the personal – in the form of state surveillance and social control – on both sides of the wall dividing Israel and Palestine was previously tackled by director Muayad Alayan in several short films, as well as in his feature Love, Theft and Other Entanglements (2015). His brother and regular filmmaking partner Rami wrote the screenplay for The Reports on Sarah and Saleem, their second feature, which leads us step by step into a world where it is all but impossible not to get caught up in politics.
Woen 7 November 20:00
UGC Turnhout
Tickets: https://www.mooov.be/Evenement/5293/Oase-Film-Festival/


A Tunisian couple in late middle age, Riadh (Mohamed Dhrif) and Nazli (Mouna Mejri), are worried about their 19-year-old son, Sami (Zakaria Ben Ayed). Assailed by migraines, nausea and dark mood swings, Sami may just be anxious about his upcoming college entrance exams, or he could be sickening with something more serious. As Riadh prepares to retire from his job as a crane operator on the Tunis docks, times are hard and money is tight. But these doting parents still scrape together every penny they can to secure medical help for their only child.

One night, Sami disappears from the family apartment without warning. He leaves behind a curt note explaining that he has fled to Syria to join a jihadi group, unnamed in the film but clearly based on Islamic State. Riadh and Nazli are shattered, shellshocked, numb with disbelief. Eventually, a desperate Riadh borrows money from friends and blows the last of his meager retirement funds to turn detective, retracing Sami's journey to the border crossing between Turkey and Syria.
Friday 9 November 20:00
UGC Turnhout
Tickets: https://www.mooov.be/Evenement/5293/Oase-Film-Festival/


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


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