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May 16 - June 9, 2013   Start the Festival in style with the SIFF 2013 Opening Night Gala! The evening features the Seattle premiere of Much Ado About Nothing, with director Joss Whedon and cast members Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg scheduled to attend.

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The African Cypher

South Africa | 2012 | 89 minutes | Bryan Little

A survey of the extraordinary street dance styles across South Africa, director Bryan Little's award-winning documentary drills deeper into the philosophy of the dancer's self-expression and, especially, the souls of two extraordinary young performers. Ages 13+

After the Battle

France | 2012 | 122 minutes | Yousry Nasrallah

Based on the true story of the horsemen hired by President Mubarak to charge the crowds in Tahrir Square, this vibrant drama captures the personal and political implications of the revolution across Egyptian society.

Coming Forth by Day

Egypt | 2012 | 96 minutes | Hala Lotfy

An exciting new female auteur from the Arab world, Hala Lotfy makes her debut with Coming Forth by Day. The daily struggles of a mother and daughter are a far cry from the riots of Tahrir Square, but offer equally compelling insight into Egyptian society today.

Comrade President

Zimbabwe | 2012 | 89 minutes | Mosco Kamwendo

The life and suspicious death of Mozambique's revolutionary leader, Samora Moises Machel, is explored in this documentary, providing insight into the Mozambican fight for independence and subsequent political changes.

Die Welt

Netherlands | 2012 | 80 minutes | Alex Pitstra

A stunning fiction/documentary hybrid set in the vacuum between dictatorship and democracy. While Tunisians dreams of a better Tunisia, 23-year-old DVD salesman Abdallah dreams of a better life in Europe.

Fanie Fourie's Lobola

South Africa | 2013 | 90 minutes | Henk Pretorius

Best Film: SIFF 2013 Golden Space Needle Awards

After Fanie takes Dinky, a strong Zulu woman, to his Afrikaans family wedding, the two find an unexpectedly fun cross-cultural romance. But in order to marry Dinky, Fanie must negotiate to pay Lobola (a South African dowry).

Finding Hillywood

USA | 2013 | 57 minutes | Chris Towey, Leah Warshawski

Hillywood, the Rwandan film industry, is given the spotlight in this affectionate portrait featuring the filmmaking community, the blossoming film festival culture, and the joy of the people as they experience Rwandan cinema on the big screen.

The Forgotten Kingdom

USA | 2013 | 96 minutes | Andrew Mudge

When Atang returns to Lesotho to bury his father, he falls in love with his childhood friend Dineo and reconnects with the mystic landscape and hardships of village life he left behind.

A Hijacking

Denmark | 2012 | 99 minutes | Tobias Lindholm

Tensions are high after a Danish freighter is captured and held for ransom by Somali pirates, leading to weeks of high-stakes negotiations—and an escalating potential for explosive violence—in Tobias Lindholm's grittily authentic thriller.

Horses of God

Morocco | 2012 | 115 minutes | Nabil Ayouch

Best Director – Nabil Ayouch: SIFF 2013 Golden Space Needle Awards

An intimate portrait of three young boys growing up on the outskirts of Casablanca. Critically acclaimed at Cannes, this film is a major achievement by one of North Africa's most important filmmakers.

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