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The Return to Homs

A Film by Talal Dirki

The Return to Homs is the true story of a courageous 19-year-old man who challenges everything and everyone to demand freedom and dignity for his people in war-torn Syria. It is a movie about civil war and the pressure of being on a battlefield when you belong on a soccer field. Abdul Basset al-Saroot, a charismatic young man is the goalie for the Syrian National soccer team. When he realizes that the Syrian regime is preventing civilians from leaving the city of Homs in spite of the bombardment and devastation, he gathers a ragtag group of men to enter Homs and try to help the civilians get out.

Showing at UWM Union Theatre on Thursday, February 26 at 7pm, FREE of charge for UWM students. Post-screening talkback. $6 Entry.

Also showing at the Lubar Auditorium in the Milwaukee Art Museum on Sunday March 1 at 5:30pm. Post screening talkback.     $6 Entry.


A Film by Shawn Thompson and Leon Shahabian

In a country plagued by terrorism, joblessness, a broken educational system and a serious drug problem, a new generation of Yemeni women is imagining a brighter future. YEMENIETTES is the inspiring story of three teenage girls who enter an entrepreneurship competition. Their innovation and confidence impress the judges as they showcase a series of solar products designed to address the energy shortage and limited access to electricity across Yemen. Against all odds, the girls advance and secure a spot at the pan-Arab championships. If they win, they receive funding to turn their dream into a reality and provide hope to young people throughout the region.

Showing at the Oriental Theatre on Wednesday, March 11 at 7pm. Post-screening talkback with director. $6 Entry.

Also showing at UWM Union Theatre on Thursday, March 12 at 7pm FREE of charge to UWM students. Post-screening talkback. $6 Entry.


A Film by Rani Massalha

Yacine is the veterinarian of the only zoo remaining in the Palestinian West Bank. He lives alone with his 10-year old son, Ziad. The kid has a special bond with the two giraffes in the zoo. He seems to be the only one to communicate with them. After an air raid in the region the male giraffe dies. His mate, Rita, won’t survive unless the veterinarian finds her a new companion. The only zoo that might provide this animal is located in Tel Aviv…

Showing at UWM Union Theatre on Thursday, April 2 at 7pm, FREE of charge for UWM students. Post-screening talkback. $6 Entry.

Also showing at the Oriental Theatre on Wednesday, April 8 at 7pm. Post screening talkback. $6 Entry.

Abd El Kader

A Film by Salem Brahimi

The Emir Abd El Kader was an Algerian Islamic scholar and Sufi who unexpectedly found himself leading the struggle against the French colonial invasion in the mid-19th century.  Abd El Kader assembled an army of Algerian tribesmen that for many years successfully repelled one of the most advanced and brutal armies in Europe.  His consistent regard for what is now known as “human rights,” especially regarding his Christian opponents drew worldwide admiration, honours and awards from around the world.  President Abraham Lincoln honored Abd El Kader and Elkader, Iowa is named after him.

Showing with English Subtitles at the Oriental Theatre on Thursday, March 26 at 7pm. Post screening talkback. $6 Entry.

The Wanted 18

A film by Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan

It’s 1987, and the first Palestinian popular movement in the West Bank is rising. Residents want local alternatives to Israeli goods, including milk, which they’ve been buying from an Israeli company. Activists decide to create a co-operative dairy farm. They purchase 18 cows from an Israeli kibbutz and transport them to the West Bank. These are pacifist intellectuals and professionals. They know nothing about raising cattle or operating a dairy farm. After some trial and error, the “lactivists” succeed, and the population comes to depend on the “intifada milk.” But this act of defiance doesn’t go unnoticed. The dairy is raided, the cows photographed and declared “a threat to the State of Israel.”

Showing at the Oriental Theatre on Wednesday, April 15 at 7pm. Post-screening talkback. $6 Entry.

Also showing at UWM Union Theatre on Thursday, April 23 at 7pm FREE of charge for UWM students. Post screening talkback. $6 Entry.

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