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Bringing Tarzan & Arab to the Movies

Tarzan and Arab, twin brothers from Gaza, are aspiring filmmakers who have never left their home, and have never seen a movie in a theater. We need you, our amazing Alamo audience, to join us in welcoming them to the States, and especially to Austin, Tx, where we'll be playing their favorite film at the Ritz for their first cinema experience!

Bringing Tarzan & Arab to the Movies

Quick links:
Get tickets for this amazing event here. (Weds, Oct 26 @ 7:15pm - Alamo Ritz)
Donate to their Kickstarter campaign here.

Tarzan and Arab, identical twins born and raised in Gaza, are two of the most unique filmmakers you have ever seen.  In August of this year The Guardian, UK's premier news outlet, traveled to Gaza to interview the filmmakers and discuss the challenges they face as aspiring filmmakers in the Hamas controlled and regulated Gaza Strip.

"As artists we are restricted by living in a conservative and tough community," says Arab. "Let's be realistic. Our life is under siege, under control. People don't have time for art. They spend all their time looking for crumbs. They say, 'What use is art? Art will not give you bread.' "

Despite their lack of formal training, equipment and budget, but with the help and mentoring of another Gaza artist, Khalil Mozian, the two 23-year-old brothers have finished their first short film as well as an impressive array of hand-painted posters for future planned projects.  

Alamo Drafthouse will host the aspiring filmmakers for their first trip outside of Gaza and their first experience seeing a film in a movie theater on Wednesday, October 26 at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz in Austin, TX.

The brothers, who made an award-winning short film called Colorful Journey in their editing suite/gallery/bedroom, are longtime cinephiles who have never seen film in a theater. Their film, about the political and personal costs associated with factional infighting in Gaza, has been shown in the West Bank and in London. The film won first prize at a competition in the West Bank city of Ramallah sponsored by the AM Qattan Foundation. It was also shown, with an exhibition of their posters, at the Mosaic Rooms in London in March – a bittersweet experience for the brothers who could not attend their own events. "Imagine your dream becomes a reality, and you are not in it," says Arab.

Inspired by their story, we wanted to give Tarzan and Arab a chance to see their first film in a theater along with a screening their own film with an audience, which also meant their first trip outside of Gaza. 

The journey to get the brothers outside of Gaza and into the United States has been a difficult one, fraught with uncertainty, adventure and plenty of bureaucracy, but after much effort and persistence the Alamo Drafthouse is happy to welcome these two artists to Austin, TX for a screening of Ingmar Bergman’s Cries and Whispers, one of Tarzan and Arab’s all-time favorite films and their choice for their first movie to see in a movie theater.

We need you, our amazing Alamo audience, to join us and make sure that Tarzan and Arab have the best damn cinematic experience that we can offer. What better place or audience is there for this occasion? Tickets can be purchased on our website here. They're $10, and it will be an experience you will not soon forget. The brothers don't speak English, but we will have a translator on hand so they can chat with us and share their experiences as we share theirs. 

When we found out about Tarzan and Arab and their amazing passion for movies, Alamo Drafthouse and Ain't It Cool News quickly reached out and asked if we could help source financing and excutive produce the feature version of their short film.  We have set an initial goal of $20,000 for this project.  This is still a meager amount of money for a feature production.  Should we exceed the goal, all proceeds will go towards making the production that much better.

If ever there were filmmakers who deserved the community support of Kickstarter, the twin brothers from Gaza who are determined to create despite seemingly insurmountable odds would be at the top of that list. Click here to donate

Check out the Guardian's interview with the brothers below:



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