One of my favorite film festivals in Florence, Italy is coming up the next week at the Odeon Cinehall and Stensen – Middle East Now. For someone who is self-admittedly a little obsessed with the Middle East – what better way to quench your curiosity than a few days of wonderful movies (with subtitles) and great food! Yes they serve food at some of the events and it’s always fantastic!
What is ‘Middle East now’?
As per their description – “Middle East Now is the only event in Italy dedicated to the contemporary Middle East and North Africa with the aim of highlighting the culture and identity of the countries in 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.”
When it comes to this side of the world, we often forget the most important aspect – The People. Growing up in Texas, I think part of what made the Middle East so exciting to me was its sheer foreignness from my own culture. Growing up, I ate up books like Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Reading Lolita in Tehran, Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia, Guests of the Sheik: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village and so many more. An important part of the world, worth getting to know and to me personally, the most dangerous risk we have when it comes to understanding each other’s cultures is — basic ignorance of what life is really like in these countries.
From April 3-8th with a really interesting line up of films from all over the Middle East. I am impressed that the site is both in English & Italian and you can check out the full program here.
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