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UPDATED Presenting Selections From Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016 at the Brentwood Arts Exchange

Photo courtesy of Brentwood Arts Exchange.

Photo courtesy of Brentwood Arts Exchange.

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UPDATED: Opening Reception: Saturday, January 30 from 5pm to 8pm

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Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016 is a region-wide literary and cultural festival that takes its name from and examines Al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, noted for its many bookstores and outdoor bookstalls where people have gathered for generations as a great humanitarian center.

The exhibition presents over 100 prints, broadsides, and artists books that commemorate the 2007 bombing of Baghdad’s historic bookselling street and celebrates the free exchange of ideas.

Learn More at www.amsshdc2016.org

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Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016 is presented by: Brentwood Arts Exchange, Busboys and Poets, CulturalDC, George Mason University School of Art, George Mason University Fenwick Library, Provisions Library at George Mason University, Georgetown University, George Washington University / Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, McLean Project for the Arts, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Smithsonian American Art / Portrait Gallery Library, Split This Rock, Olly Olly, Northern Virginia Community College – Manassas Campus

Photo courtesy of Brentwood Arts Exchange.

Photo courtesy of Brentwood Arts Exchange.

Screening Films from the Middle East
All screenings begin at 6:30 pm
All are free and open to the public

  • Thursday, February 18
    (Cultural Representations of Conflict in Palestine and Iraq)

    • A Candle for the Shabandar Café (23 min)
      • Directed by Emad Ali at the Independent Film and Television College of Baghdad (2007) screened with thanks to Maysoon Pachachi.
    • My Neighborhood (26 min)
      • Directed by Julia Bacha and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi (2013)

Followed by a discussion with filmmaker and co-director of My Neighborhood, Rebekah Wingert-Jabi, and Valerie Anishchenkova, Director of Arabic Programs, University of Maryland.

  • Thursday, February 25
    (Depictions of women and the city of Beirut)

    • Caramel (95 min)
      • Directed by Nadine Labaki (2007)

Followed by a discussion with Valerie Anishchenkova, Director of Arabic Programs, University of Maryland.

  • Thursday, March 3
    (Egypt on the Verge of Revolution)

    • Garbage Dreams (79 min)
      • Directed by Mai Iskander (2009)

Followed by a discussion with Valerie Anishchenkova, Director of Arabic Programs, University of Maryland.

  • Tuesday, March 8
    (Reconciliation in Al-Mutanabbi Street)

    • Forgive but Never Forget
      • An independent film presented courtesy of Amal Al-Jubouri.

Followed by a discussion with poet Amal Al-Jubouri about the film and the literary culture represented by Al-Mutannabi Street.

  • Thursday, March 10
    (Depictions of Bedouin culture)

    • Theeb (100 min)
      • Directed by Naji Abu Nowar (2014)

Followed by a discussion with Valerie Anishchenkova, Director of Arabic Programs, University of Maryland.

Brentwood Arts Exchange is the main gallery at the Gateway Arts Center located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood, MD. For more information call 301-277-2386or visit arts.pgparks.com.