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Blessed Benefit

Arabian Sights Film Festival

10/22/17 at 4:00PM - 10/22/17 at 6:00PM

Event Details

If you would like to purchase tickets for more than one film, please click on one of the following two options:

- Festival Pass (Minimum of 10 Films at discounted rate)

- Arabian Sights Shopping Cart (No Minimum, regular rates apply)

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjbAJtEzzR4&t=37s

Sun., Oct. 22, at 4:00 pm
Followed by a reception sponsored by the Jordanian American Association of DC
In this sly comedy, the middle-aged, scrawny, bespectacled Ahmad doesn't belong in prison. But when the quiet contractor and father of two is charged with fraud over an unfortunate business deal, things spiral out of control. The unreliability of his cousin and would-be savior leads to a comic series of miscommunications with the police and Ahmad's lawyer, landing our hero in prison. Ironically, once behind bars, he gradually feels something that he's never felt before — liberty. Ahmad discovers that prison has its own rhythms, its own rules, and its own economies — and he begins to carve out a position for himself, learning to make good in this place where fraud isn't a crime so much as a way of life. However, he also discovers that no matter which side of the bars he's on, events are guided by forces beyond his control. Toronto International Film Festival
Jordan, Directed by Mahmoud al Massad, 2016, 83 minutes. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Co-presented with the Jordanian American Association of DC 


Parking: $2 - 3 hours or $5 - 4 hours of reduced-rate parking available in garage with validation.

When and Where

AMC Mazza Gallerie
5300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015, USA

Sunday, October 22nd at 4:00PM - Sunday, October 22nd at 6:00PM


Arabian Sights Film Festival

The 22nd Annual Arabian Sights Film Festival returns with a new and exciting program featuring groundbreaking works from North Africa to the Arabian Gulf. This year's Closing Event features The Worthy, a new film by Emirati filmmaker, Ali Mostafa, whose earlier work City of Life was winner of the Arabian Sights Audience Award in 2010. An Audience Award for favorite film will be presented. Also offered this year will be the Cultural Ambassador Prize sponsored by The Arab Gulf States Institute of Washington. Select directors will accompany their films to conduct post-screening discussions with the audience. Please check back often for updates on films, guests, and events. All films will be screened with English subtitles.

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