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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Revolutionary Arab Women in the Arts – Filmmaker Heiny Srour

In preparation for our upcoming women’s showcase, 6 Days/6 Nights - Revolutionary Arab Women in the Arts, we wanted to feature some of the amazing women whose work we are presenting. Our first feature is of filmmaker Heiny Srour, whose documentary The Hour of Liberation Has Arrived provided the inspiration for this showcase and will open the series on Thursday, March 25th.  Heiny Srour filming Leila and the Wolves Heiny Srour was born in Beirut, Lebanon in the mid-40’s. She studied anthropology at the Sorbonne under Maxime Rodinson,

6 Arab Horror Films to Watch on Halloween

Although horror films have been around in the Arab world for decades, they have never been prevalent enough to make a dent in the culture. The films that do exist are sparse, and quality is hard to find, but the Arab horror film genre has begun to grow in the past few years. Here is a list of six entertaining Arab horror films to check out during this spooky season! Madayen (2016) dir. Ayman Tamano / Saudi Arabia / 62 min  Film still from Madayen Three young Saudis are

  • AFMI Filmmaking Webinar: Independent Filmmaking 101 - Q&A with Arab Filmmakers

Filmmaking 101 – Q&A with Rami Alayan and Yasmeen Turayhi [VIDEO]

Did you miss our first filmmakers' webinar? Watch the recording! Feras Mousilli talked to filmmakers Yasmeen Turayhi and Rami Alayan about getting your film done, from pre production all the way to distribution, followed by audience Q&A. Video below. https://youtu.be/LcinktkGI0E Hollywood might still take the biggest slice of the box office pie, but more and more content is now available to movie lovers looking for more diverse and authentic voices. As the film industry is going through what could be a revolutionary time of change because of Covid, now

A Brief History of Yemeni Cinema

How much do you know about the history of Yemeni Cinema? To complement Sunday's online screening of 10 Days Before the Wedding and Talkback with its director Amr Gamal, we are taking a deep dive into the history of Yemeni Cinema. When did the first movie theaters open their doors in Yemen? Do you know what film was the first Yemeni film ever nominated for an Oscar? Find the answers and more in our Brief History of Yemeni Cinema. The Hurricane Cinema, pictured in the 1950's. Courtesy of Mr.

  • NNAAC Transformative Leaders Fellowship

NNAAC Transformative Leaders Fellowship Application 2020

NNAAC Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program APPLY BY  AUGUST 14 The Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI) announces its 2020-21 development training program in partnership with the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC). The program is designed for Arab-American undergraduate juniors or seniors, or graduate level college students, or recent graduates. Fellows will be expected to work 16 hours per week at AFMI, and will be given opportunities to learn about all aspects of a non-profit organization, including administration, grant writing, fundraising, communications, and community engagement, among other things. The