Seventh Art Stand

The S Word

THE SEVENTH ART STAND is a nation-wide series of films presented by movie theaters and community centers across the U.S. as an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia. During the month of May 2017, screenings across the U.S. will showcase films from the countries affected by Islamophobia and the Muslim Bans. The Network of Arab Alternative Screens (NAAS) joins U.S. theaters in this coalitional effort to elevate the cinemas and stories of our friends and fellow filmmakers abroad. We believe it is crucial to build a tradition of sharing more stories, voices, and faces on our screens.

Short Films

Short Films From and About the Middle East for Young Audiences

Short Films for the entire family

1hr 5min,

Various directors and countries

Languages in English, Farsi and Arabic (with English Subtitles)

Cinema is an empathy machine, and this collection of short narrative and documentary films takes young people deep inside the lives of their counterparts from Iran, Syria and Yemen. Meet the children of these countries, and you'll come away with a deeper understanding of our shared bonds as the human family. All children want to laugh, to love, to learn, to find friends and fulfillment, and live in peace.



After a young girl is turned down for a part in the school play, her teacher learns a lesson about persistence and ingenuity.

Maryam Abdoli, Iran, live action, 2016, 15 min. In Farsi with English subtitles.


Yemeni children share their experiences of being refugees as they recount what they have seen and what they miss.

Shatha Alghabri, Malaysia, live action, 2016, 4:26 min). In Arabic with English subtitles.

PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival winner: 2017 Children’s Film Festival Seattle Award and PLURAL+ 2016 IOM, Migration Research & Training Centre Award


All Kamron, a nine-year-old Iranian immigrant, needs to fit in at his new school is a pair of Air Jordans. Just one problem – his parents won’t buy them.

Sahand Nikoukar, USA, 2014, 18:30 min) In English and Farsi with English subtitles.

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For Aliya, a Syrian refugee, life has gone still as she reflects on her experiences and her hopes.

Matic Carl, Martin Deisinger, and Mojca Spik, Slovenia, live action, 2016, 3:01 min) In English.

Silk Road Award, PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival International Jury Award PLURAL+ 2016 Insight Award PLURAL+ 2016


When Tareq flees Syria, he leaves his family behind. In this emotionally involving documentary, he adjusts to his new life in the Netherlands and wonders about his choice.

Els van Driel, The Netherlands, live action, 2015, 24 min) In Dutch, Arabic and English, with English subtitles

Children's Film Festival Seattle 2007, Children's Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short for age ages 8+

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Mon, May 15 4:30pm   Buy Tickets


Welcome to Refugeestan

Welcome to Refugeestan

Not Rated - Documentary

1hr 12 min, with English Subtitles

Directed by Anne Poiret

Almost 17 million people worldwide are "undesirables:" displaced persons, refugees and migrants living on the margins of nation states - a virtual country the size of the Netherlands. And yet the names of these places do not appear on any maps.

The UNHCR (United Nations Refugee Agency) and NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) have developed ways of running them that are both efficient and absurd. This film explores the land of camps, from Kenya, to Tanzania, Jordan, and the Greece/Macedonia border, as well as at the UNHCR’s headquarters in Geneva. It reveals an immense system that combines humanitarian concerns with the management of undesirables who rich countries want to keep out, whatever the cost.

As the world grapples with an ever-increasing number of people fleeing conflict, WELCOME TO REFUGEESTAN provides an important look at the daily experiences of refugees trapped by a system that defies logic.

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Mon, May 22 6:30pm   Buy Tickets


The Destruction of Memory

The Destruction of Memory

Not Rated - Documentary, Culture

1hr 21min

Written, directed and produced by Tim Slade

**Based on the book THE DESTRUCTION OF MEMORY: ARCHITECTURE OF WAR by Robert Bevan.**

Over the past century, cultural destruction has wrought catastrophic results across the globe. This war against culture is not over - it's been steadily increasing.

In Syria and Iraq, the ‘cradle of civilization’, millennia of culture are being destroyed. The push to protect, salvage and rebuild has moved in step with the destruction.

Legislation and policy have played a role, but heroic individuals have fought back, risking and losing their lives to protect not just other human beings, but our cultural identity - to save the record of who we are.

Based on the book of the same name by Robert Bevan, THE DESTRUCTION OF MEMORY tells the whole story - looking not just at the ongoing actions of Daesh (ISIS) and at other contemporary situations, but revealing the decisions of the past that allowed the issue to remain hidden in the shadows for so many years.

Interviewees in the film include the Director-General of UNESCO, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, as well as diverse and distinguished international experts, whose voices combine to address this urgent issue.

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Mon, May 29 6:30pm   Buy Tickets