The 26th Annual Arab Film Festival Opens on Friday November 11, 2022.

The 26th Arab Film Festival will open on NOVEMBER 11 in San Francisco with THE BLUE CAFTAN.
Award-winning director Maryam Touzani, who will join us in person!

Winner of the prestigious Fipresci Award at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival

Halim and Mina run a traditional caftan store in one of Morocco’s oldest medinas. In order to keep up with the commands of the demanding customers, they hire Youssef. The talented apprentice shows an utmost dedication in learning the art of embroidery and tailoring from Halim. Slowly Mina realizes how much her husband is moved by the presence of the young man.

Individual tickets now available for Opening Night only, with the full program to be released in late October.
Our Opening Night at The Castro Theatre is legendary and can sell out! Do not wait, reserve your spot today.
Or choose one of our three Festival passes.

AFF2022 Opening Night Film: The Blue Caftan

The 26th annual Arab Film Festival: November 11-20, 2022.

Get your #AFF2022 Festival pass now, and join us in the San Francisco Bay Area and/or online.

AFF2022 Poster

Poster design by Sharif Ezzat

The Nation’s Oldest and Largest Festival of Arab Films

The flagship event of the Arab Film and Media Institute, the Arab Film Festival is the longest running independent festival of its kind in North America. Launched in 1996, the festival’s mission is to present the best of contemporary films that illuminate the richness of Arab culture through authentic narratives and images, providing insight into the beauty and complexity of the Arab world.

The festival also offers special programming to local audiences, and unprecedented access to the diversity and range of authentic Arab experiences. The festival has gained an international reputation for excellence and offers its audiences access to media that reflects the lives of under-represented and provocative themes and groups on a cultural and societal level.

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A warm Thank You to last year’s funders, sponsors, and community partners ♥ If you would like to sponsor this year’s festival, get in touch.

AFF2021 Partners and Sponsors