In honor of the special milestone “15 Years ALFILM – 15 Years Arab Cinema in Berlin,” AL.Berlin is curating an exceptional event designed to showcase the profound storytelling of ALFILM within Arab cinema while fostering cultural dialogue. This event will present a captivating fusion of artists from the SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) region alongside Berlin-based musicians, blending traditional and contemporary music to echo the resonant themes portrayed in ALFILM’s films. 

Here’s a breakdown of the artists and their contributions to this special event:

Maryam Saleh & Zeid Hamdan (Halawella), are revered as the ‘godfather and godmother’ of the region indie-electro-rock. Their rare collaboration, crafted exclusively for this occasion, ignited the air with a fusion of raw energy and lyrical prowess. Aita Mon Amour, embodied by Widad Mjama (N3RDISTAN) and Khalil EPI, unveiled a contemporary narrative of Morocco’s musical tapestry, weaving ancient melodies into the fabric of modern soundscapes. Etyen & Salwa Jaradat emerged with their distinctive blend of Palestinian roots and electronic beats, bridging tradition with innovation to captivate the audience’s imagination. Checkpoint 303 will bring a different dimension to the stage, their experimental electronic compositions and field recordings from Palestine embodying a spirit of resistance and resilience. Amidst the rhythmic cadence of the night, producer and MC Dakn داكنْ from Ramallah takes centre stage, delivering an immersive performance that challenged societal norms through the power of music. AndL, drawing from his eastern Mediterranean heritage, seamlessly blended cultural influences with electronic elements, creating a harmonious synthesis of past and present. DJ DumTak unveiled the Meshwar Mixtapes, an auditory journey that unfolded Palestine’s beauty and unwavering spirit through the universal language of music and storytelling.

Additionally, the event will feature a unique video mapping by Hala Ghatasheh, creating an immersive visual experience throughout Gretchen, the venue. This curated selection of videos and images will further enhance the evening, complementing the diverse musical performances and celebrating the rich cultural tapestry of Palestine in particular and the SWANA region in general.