About AFMI

Welcome to the Arab Film and Media Institute

AFMI stands for Arab Film and Media Institute. We founded the Arab Film and Media Institute to fight all the bigotry and hate with powerful art and storytelling that fosters empathy and understanding of our common humanity, and to support Arab talent in the United States.

It is a new organization founded by the team behind the largest and oldest Arab Film Festival in North America. AFMI aims to be a complete ecosystem to find, nurture, and showcase Arab talent in the United States. Starting with organizing school screenings, and growing into offering filmmaker services and original programming, AFMI is the place for Arab cinema and its fans, and the home of the Arab Film Festival.

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Upcoming Events

26th Arab Film Festival

November 10 - November 21

Latest Posts

Randa Chahal Sabbag – Arab Women in the Arts

This year's Arab Women in the Arts program highlights Lebanese director Randa Chahal Sabbag's work. Her feature film, Civilized People, kickstarts our annual 5 days of celebration of Arab women who have excelled in and revolutionized all forms of artistic expression. The reason I chose to feature Randa Chahal Sabbag this year is that, in the time span of her brief career, Randa showcased the lives of Lebanese people, particularly women, from all sorts of backgrounds and walks-of-life and did so while utilizing many different types of filmmaking. I appreciate

Arab Films at Cannes 2022

Film festival season is in full swing: explore the new Arab films playing at Cannes 2022! For the past month the Cannes Film Festival has been unveiling their official lineup of films, here are the upcoming films from the Arab world. Arab Films at Cannes 2022: Features The Cannes Film Festival will take place in Cannes, France, from May 17th to the 28th. Kaouther Ben Hania (Tunisian director of The Man Who Sold His Skin) will be presiding over the jury for Critic’s Week. One exciting Arab film will be

Interview with Hany Abu Assad, Writer & Director of Huda’s Salon

AFMI's Director of Film Programming, Yasmina Tawil, sat down with Hany Abu-Assad to discuss his newest film, Huda's Salon, which opens in U.S. theaters and online on March 4th. Born in Nazareth 1961, Hany Abu-Assad turned to filmmaking after working for several years as an airplane engineer in The Netherlands. Since then, Abu-Assad has directed several award-winning films which include Nazareth 2000, Rana’s Wedding, Ford Transit, Paradise Now, Omar, The Idol, and The Mountain Between Us. He has been nominated twice for an Academy Award, and is the winner of a

The History of Sudanese Cinema

The history of Sudanese cinema is like that of many other SWANA nations, too long determined by the lasting effects of colonialism, political unrest, and public suppression. Yet, nonetheless, it reveals the resiliency of SWANA societies and the richness of our cultures and experiences. A retracing of the history of Sudanese cinema reveals that Sudanese filmmakers fought government repression both foreign and national. Today it is Sudan’s culture that informs modern day storytelling and technology is developing to support a new generation of filmmakers.  The Beginning The history of Sudanese

Romantic Arab Films to Watch on Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from AFMI! Whether you have a valentine this year or not, today’s the day to celebrate love and romance. What better way to do that than to watch a movie? Plan a night with a loved one and watch one of these romantic Arab films.  Film still from Hedi Hedi (2016) dir. Mohamed Ben Attia Tunisia / 88 min Hedi, a young Tunisian man, is going through a bit of an existential crisis. His mother has decided on an arranged marriage for him, he’s unhappy