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JANUARY 24-FEBRUARY 1
Despite religious taboo and government censorship, the Arab world has developed a significant cinema, albeit one that’s difficult to follow from the U.S. This seven-film series offers a quick overview of what filmmakers are doing in such countries as Syria, Egypt, Algeria, and Tunisia. Included are Salut Cousin!, in which an urbanized Parisian Algerian must deal with his newly arrived rural relative (pictured, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m., Jan. 25 at 8:45 p.m.), Stars in Broad Daylight, in which a wedding becomes a funeral (Jan. 24 at 7 p.m., Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m.), Dreams of the City, a semi-autobiographical account of Syria in the ’50s and ’60s (Jan. 24 at 8:30 p.m., Jan. 25 at 9:15 p.m.), Honey and Ashes, a tale of three women trying to be modern in a traditional culture (Jan. 24 at 9:15 p.m., Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.), The Asphalt Devils, a candid drama about the indiscretions of three minibus drivers (Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 1 at 8:30 p.m.), Swallows Never Die in Jerusalem, in which a French TV reporter tries to bridge the gap between Arab and Jew (Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m.), and Haifa, the story of a family’s life in a Palestinian refugee camp (Jan. 31 at 8:45 p.m., Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.). At Cineplex Odeon Foundry, M St. at Thomas Jefferson Ave. NW. $6. (202) 724-5613. (Mark Jenkins)