[POSTPONED] Middle East Film Festival 2020


[POSTPONED] Middle East Film Festival 2020


[POSTPONED] Middle East Film Festival 2020


Singapore has raised its risk assessment under the Disease Outbreak Response System (Dorscon) from Yellow to Orange on 7 February.

Under Dorscon Orange, the Ministry of Health has advised all event organisers to cancel or defer non-essential large-scale events. Hence, we will be postponing our Middle East Film Festival (MEFF), which was originally slated to run from 14 to 19 February.

Members of the public who have bought tickets  online will receive an automatic refund to their credit card accounts within 14 to 21 days. Those who bought tickets in person, please visit any Golden Village counter to fill in a refund form. Ticket holders who paid by cash will receive their refunds on the spot, while those who paid by credit cards will receive their refunds via their credit card accounts within 14 to 21 days. 

We will schedule new dates for our MEFF once the coronavirus situation stabilises and keep you informed. Please stay tuned for details.


The 2020 Middle East Film Festival, running from 28 August to 2 September at Golden Village VivoCity is presented by the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore, and supported by the Singapore Film Society.

Acting Director’s Foreword

Movies provide us with a brief respite and the chance to escape into countries, regions and worlds that we might never otherwise consider visiting.

In an era where we can endlessly and easily stream, access and become lost in the world of blockbuster movies from Hollywood, Bollywood and increasingly, China, we risk losing touch with the wonder of sitting in a darkened theatre, surrounded by strangers and a world of emotions, experiences and incredible visuals. There is something magical about a movie theatre.

Blockbuster movies are exciting, visual and, increasingly sophisticated in their technology. But the films that truly touch our hearts and linger in our souls long after we have seen them, are those that speak about the everyday, that allow us to enter into the lives of the seemingly ordinary, and, in the process reveal to us the extraordinariness and the resilience of everyday people –individuals who are much like you and I, but who live in countries and regions where life can be stark, uncomfortable and plainly hard.

Each year, the Middle East Institute at NUS works closely with its partners to curate a collection of films that we hope will speak to you each in their own special way. Thank you for joining us and I hope that you will enjoy our 2020 Middle East Film Festival.

Tickets are available now at www.gv.com.sg

For movies with TBA ratings, the sale of tickets will start once ratings are released. Watch this space for updates!


Maryam is an ambitious young doctor working in a small-town clinic in Saudi Arabia. After she is prevented from travelling to Dubai in search of a better job, a bureaucratic mix-up leads her to stumble upon the application for her local city elections, and she decides to run as a candidate. While she faces the restriction of women’s traditional roles in the Kingdom at every turn, Maryam’s audacious candidacy starts to build momentum and challenges her conservative community.

View the trailer here.

  A SON (PG13)

Tunisia, summer 2011. A family holiday to southern Tunisia ends in disaster for Fares, Meriem and their 10-year-old son Aziz when he is accidentally shot in a terrorist ambush. His injury will change their lives as Aziz needs a liver transplant, which leads to the discovery of a long-buried secret. Will Aziz and the couple’s relationship survive?

View the trailer here.


Yoram, a 50-year-old veterinarian living in Tel Aviv, is forced to re-examine his relationship with his adolescent daughter Roni after she wishes to end her life. He decides to take her on a journey to visit her mother’s family, setting off a process of self and mutual discovery in the primordial desert land enveloping the Dead Sea.

View the trailer here.


Amine steals a big bag of money and escapes into the hills with the police hot on his heels. Before he is arrested, he digs a grave to bury the cash and disguises it as a modest tomb. Years later, he is released from prison and sets off to find his money. However, a religious shrine honouring an unknown saint has been built directly over the place he buried his cash. With his loot now hidden in a holy place, retrieving it suddenly becomes much more complicated.

View the trailer here.


Algeria, the 1990s. Nedjma, an 18-year-old student passionate about fashion design, refuses to let the tragic events of the Algerian Civil War keep her from experiencing a normal life and going out at night with her friend Wassila. As the social climate becomes more conservative, she rejects the new bans set by the radicals and decides to fight for her freedom and independence by putting on a fashion show.

View the trailer here.


Three sisters, Reyhan, Nurhan and Havva are reunited in the remote mountain village where they grew up with their father, after living as besleme (foster child and maid) with their foster parents in the city. All three want to return to the city as soon as possible, but whether they can depends on their solidarity, competition, and the decisions of the men around them.

View the trailer here.


In the late 1980s, 15-year-old Qodrat lives on the streets of Kabul and sells cinema tickets on the black market. A big Bollywood fan, he daydreams himself into some of his favourite movie scenes. One day, the police take him to the Soviet orphanage. But in Kabul, the political situation is changing. Qodrat and all the children want to defend their home.

View the trailer here.

Event Details

Golden Village Vivocity
1 Harbourfront Walk,
#02-30 VivoCity,
Singapore 098585

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