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Silver screen frames unique cross-cultural event

More than 200 guests gathered on Thursday 11 August and Friday 12 August to enjoy the best in contemporary Arab cinema as part of the Curtin leg of the Arab Film Festival Australia (AFFA).


A still from the popular film, 'Halal Love'.
A still from the popular film, 'Halal Love'.

While the AFFA has been running for thirteen years, it was the first time the festival travelled to Perth, and guests thoroughly enjoyed free screenings of Barakah Meets Barakah and Halal Love.

The event forms part of a Council of Australia-Arab Relations (CAAR) research grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and a School of Education Research and Teaching/Learning Development (RATLD) grant. The grants aim to support research into interactions between Curtin staff and students from Arab and non-Arab backgrounds. The recipients of the grants are Dr Toni Dobinson, Senior Lecturer, School of Education, Dr Maggie McAlinden, Coordinator, English Language Development, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Dr Paul Mercieca, Lecturer, School of Education.

Dr Maggie McAlinden, Coordinator, English Language Development, Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr Paul Mercieca, Lecturer, School of Education, Dr Toni Dobinson, Senior Lecturer, School of Education, Dr Meyhal Kreyam, University of Technology Sydney and AFFA rep, Tatiana Bogachenko, School of Education Research Assistant, Ludwig El Haddad, Production Coordinator AFFA, Associate Professor Anne Aly, MP, and Associate Professor Celia Cornwell, Dean International, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Dr Maggie McAlinden, Coordinator, English Language Development, Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr Paul Mercieca, Lecturer, School of Education, Dr Toni Dobinson, Senior Lecturer, School of Education, Dr Meyhal Kreyam, University of Technology Sydney and AFFA rep, Tatiana Bogachenko, School of Education Research Assistant, Ludwig El Haddad, Production Coordinator AFFA, Associate Professor Anne Aly, MP, and Associate Professor Celia Cornwell, Dean International, Faculty of Health Sciences.

Representatives from Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) Sydney attended the screening, along with Dr Meyhal Kreyam and Ludwig Al Haddad from AFFA, and Associate Professor, Celia Cornwell, Dean International, Curtin Health Sciences, and Associate Professor, Anne Aly, MP, CAAR.

The screening was preceded by an on-campus promotional event on Wednesday 10 August, at which the Omani Student Association did traditional dancing, and Place Activation provided a henna painter, free baklava and stilt walkers to highlight the upcoming event.

The Omani Student Association did traditional dancing at a promotional event for the screenings.
The Omani Student Association did traditional dancing at a promotional event for the screenings.
The event forms part of a Council of Australia-Arab Relations (CAAR) research grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
The event forms part of a Council of Australia-Arab Relations (CAAR) research grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).