9 July 2012

FACT's Omar Kholeif tells us more about one of the highlights of this year's Arab Film Festival which is on at FACT until 12 July

Why should we go see VHS Kahloucha?

Well, it's hilarious for a start! Most importantly I think it resonates for me because it captures one person's unequivocal love for cinema, and through it, the film reveals one man's coming of age. It could work perfectly as a double bill alongside the classic Cinema Paradiso.

What's VHS Kahloucha about?

It's about a cult Tunisian filmmmaker called Moncef Kahloucha who produces VHS B movies in a style reminiscent of the 1970s. VHS Kahloucha is a documentary that follows the filmmaker through the ups and downs of producing his feature film, Tarzan and Arabs.

Where else has the film been shown?

It's particularly special as the film has never shown in the UK before, so we are delighted and honoured to be bringing the film to the British public and of course, the Liverpool audience. The film was shown by ArteEast at the Arab Film Festival in New York last year, and was a resounding success!

The UK Premiere of VHS Kahloucha is screening at FACT on Tuesday 10 July at 6pm accompanied by the short animation I've Heard Stories Part 1.

Tickets can be booked online, by calling 0871 902 5737 or in person at the Box Office.

The Arab Film Festival is a collaboration with the long-standing Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival which includes a variety of talks, exhibitions, music and events and takes place between 6-15 July.