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Habibi

  • Jacob Burns film center 364 Manville Road NY 10570 (map)
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Two students in the West Bank are forced to return home to Gaza, where their love defies tradition. To reach his lover, Qays grafittis poetry across town. Habibi is a modern re-telling of the famous ancient Sufi parable Majnun Layla. The full Arabic title is Habibi Rasak Kharban, which translates as “darling, something’s wrong with your head.”

Awards: Winner best editor, best actress, Doha International Film Festival 2011;  Best Film, FIPRESCI Prize, and Camera Novo, the highest prize at the Cinema Novo Festival, Brugge; recipient of the Grand Prize in the Emerging Narrative program at IFP’s Independent Film Week

Director: Susan Youssef

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RT: 78 mins

Earlier Event: June 1
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Later Event: June 2
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