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.


Latest Posts

Arab Films to Watch Out For in Fall 2022

As summer comes to a close, we rounded up some of the best Arab films to watch out for in Fall 2022! September is the time for some of the world’s biggest film festivals–the Toronto International Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival, the New York Film Festival–and there are plenty of exciting and groundbreaking new Arab films in each festival lineup this year. Take a look at what's headed to the major festivals, what's coming soon to theaters and when, all ahead of our very own Arab Film Festival opening

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Celebrating Arab Americans in Television

While Arab Americans have long been absent from both silver and small screens, there seems to be more and more exciting shows, stars and creators on the rise in recent years, ready to bring their stories to life. In light of the reveal of this year’s Emmy nominations, let’s take time to celebrate Arab Americans in television! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dz57vkfCe64&t=87s We’d be remiss to write this without starting with Lebanese-American actor Tony Shalhoub, who nearly twenty years ago won his first Emmy for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his

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