FCI 2017 Schenectady Press Page

6th Festival Cinema Invisible (FCI) International Film Festival Information


  • The 6th annual Festival Cinema Invisible (FCI) International Film Festival will be held at Proctor’s GE Theater in Schenectady, NY on Saturday, April 22nd and Sunday, April 23, 2017.
  • The 6th edition brings 58 world, North American, US and regional film premiers from the Middle East and North Africa to the capital region.
  • The 2017 program highlights animation, documentaries and dramas from and /or about the Middle East.
  • Featured directors Anne Paq, Ala Qandil, Daby-Zainab Faidhi are scheduled to come to Schenectady to present their films “Gaza: A Gaping Wound” and “The Black Land”.


Schenectady, NY (March 22, 2017) – Festival Cinema Invisible, hosted at Proctor’s GE Theater, announced its official program selections for the 6th edition of Festival Cinema Invisible. FCI is the only film festival in upstate New York that showcases films from and about the Middle East and North Africa. FCI’s annual celebration brings together cinema enthusiasts and filmmakers to discover the best “invisible cinema.”


FCI 2017 will screen 58 feature-length and short films selected from over 1450 submissions that represent nearly 100 countries. This year’s festival features films representing Afghanistan, Belgium, Egypt, Germany, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Pakistan, Poland and the United States. The line-up includes films that include world premiers  as well as North American, US , regional and festival premiers never before seen in the area.


The full program and screening schedule is available at:



Films will screen Saturday, April 22 from 10 am – 9 pm and Sunday April 23, from 10 am – 7 pm with an open Q&A session at each screening. Directors Anne Paq and Ala Qandil are scheduled to be in attendance on Sunday at the noon screening of their film “Gaza: A Gaping Wound,” and a Q&A with the directors will follow. Director Daby-Zainab Faidhi is also scheduled to be present on Sunday for the 5 pm screening of her animated film, “The Black Land”.

Tickets are available at the Proctor’s Theater Box Office and website.

  • Full festival passes (which include all sessions on Saturday and Sunday) are $40.
  • Single-day passes are $25, and
  • Individual session tickets are $10.



  • Link to the press release for the event in MS WORD (58 kb) and PDF format (108 kb).
  • Link to the FCI Program (full program) in PDF format (14 MB).
  • Link to the FCI Program (films only) in PDF format (7 MB).
  • Link to the FCI Program (directors only) in PDF format (9 MB).
  • Link to text version of the film program (film screening times and films descriptions) in MS WORD (77 kb) and PDF format (144 kb).
  • Links to the poster: Large (JPEG – 3 MB)     Medium (JPEG – 1 MB)
  • Links to the Flyer: Web (555 kb)

Film Stills:

All stills are in JPEG format.  Simply right click to download.

A Bottle of Milk A Whistle All The Things All the things Father Poster Arkhe Benjamin's Brother Black Land Building No 13 Civil War Empy page EYES_IN_QAAH Fairy Well Spring Fairy_Small Fastaqim For Freedom Gaza genesis_thumb Good Morning In Other Words It's only 3 nails Junk Girl Kayeh Kite Light Sight Lunar Man_Cat_Idol_poster Mask Masoumeh_LG Masoumeh_Small Meels and Felt mouse_and_cat_1 Parasol Skipper Soleyman-2 So what Soleyman Square South Pole Stains SYRIA The Bridge The Fountain Pen II The Switchman Whistle Zugzwang



“Çırak” (The Apprentice) (No English subtitle)

Ardh Al-Sawad (The Black Land)

Voice of the Valley


The Suit


Eghva (Temptation)



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