Film Middle East Now is the only Italian festival dedicated to cinema, documentaries, art and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. It takes place in Florence from April 3 to 8 and it is organized by the no-profit cultural association Map of Creation. The locations are the Odeon Cinehall (Piazza Strozzi 2, Florence) and the Stensen Auditorium Cinehall (Viale Don Minzoni 25). The aim of the Festival is “[...] highlighting the culture and identity of the countries of this part of the world and bringing them to the attention of the Italian public, overcoming stereotypes that often come out from the international mass media.” The program of the Festival is designed to give visibility to movies that normally are not cast in the Italian distribution, selected among the most recent and significant Arab, Iranian, Israeli, Palestinian and Afghan cinematography. Beyond the movies, there are exhibitions of photography, visual arts, painting, sculpture, debates and presentations of books. For the full program check out the website.
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