The 2022 Arab Film Festival has finally concluded, and what a ride it has been! This is our second year back in-person in San Francisco, and we’re so grateful to each and every one of the fantastic filmmakers, partners, sponsors and fans who made our 26th year so special.
We pride ourselves on finding, nurturing and showcasing the very best Arab cinema has to offer. For the first time since 2016, we’ve assembled a jury of remarkable filmmakers, writers, actors and critics to select the winners for the following Arab Film Festival awards: Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Debut Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short and the new Ruya Visionary Award which is presented to a film that is innovative and boundary pushing in its storytelling and/or production. We are also ecstatic to present our Audience Award, voted on by festival attendees.
The 2022 Arab Film Festival Award winners are as follows:
Best Narrative Feature: The Blue Caftan
Directed by Maryam Touzani, Morocco
Memory Box dir. Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Lebanon
Best Documentary Feature: The Desert Rocker
Directed by Sara Nacer, Algeria/Canada/France/Morocco
Little Palestine, Diary of a Siege dir. Abdallah Al-Khatib, Lebanon/France/Qatar
Best Narrative Short: The Window
Directed by Sarah Kaskas, Lebanon
Warsha dir. Dania Bdeir, Lebanon
Nour Shams dir. Faiza Ambah, Saudi Arabia
Best Documentary Short: Faraway
Directed by Aziz Zoromba, Canada
The Perfect Picture dir. Hala El Kouch, Lebanon
Best Debut Feature: The Stranger
Directed by Ameer Fakher Eldin, Syria/Germany/Palestine/Qatar
The Sea Ahead dir. Ely Dagher, Lebanon
A Second Life dir. Anis Lassoued, Tunisia
Ruya Visionary Award: Shall I Compare You to a Summer’s Day?
Directed by Mohammad Shawky Hassan, Egypt
Ashkal dir. Youssef Chebbi, Tunisia
The Stranger dir. Ameer Fakher Eldin, Syria/Germany/Palestine/Qatar
Audience Award: Memory Box
Directed by Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Lebanon
Congratulations to all the winners! A sincere thank you to our jury chaired by Rita Baghdadi, to every talented filmmaker who submitted their films to our festival, and to everyone who attended the 26th Arab Film Festival, whether in-person or online. We can’t wait to see you again next year!