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Ya Habibi: The Story of a Song

Directed by: Gina Margillo | 2020 | Unrated

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O Cinema is proud to co-present a free screening of YA HABIBI: THE STORY OF SONG by Hanan Arts and Live Arts Miami in collaboration with FilmGate Miami and National Arab Orchestra!

From the trail-blazing dancer-producers behind Miami’s most unique cultural exchange program and the award-winning documentary HAVANA HABIBI comes the new documentary film YA HABIBI: THE STORY OF SONG. A relevant and timely documentary short film exploring the hidden links and shared histories of Cuban and Middle Eastern identity and culture through the peculiar story of “Ya Habibi Ta‘ala,” a classic Egyptian love ballad with some surprising and unexpected origins.

Join us immediately following the premiere, for a live Panel Discussion and Q&A with “Ya Habibi” director Gina Margillo and co-producers Vivian Marthell and Tiffany Madera, as well as Michael Ibrahim, director of the world-renowned National Arab Orchestra. Click HERE to RSVP!

Enjoy this FREE online world premiere screening of the documentary film as part of the 2020 Havana Habibi Festival Online, four days of activities including film, music, and traditional Egyptian Raks Baladi (aka Bellydance) to foster healing and cross-cultural connection.