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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Arab Films at the Berlinale 2022

Berlinale 2022 is upon us! The 72nd edition of the international film festival is set to being on February 10th and run through the 20th in Berlin, Germany. As the excitement mounts, learn more below about the Arab films at the Berlinale 2022, all chosen to be a part of this year's in-person program. The Berlinale is the second major film festival of the year, the first being the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Since we did not

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Interview with Filmmaker Murad Abu Eisheh

AFMI's Director of Film Programming, Yasmina Tawil, recently sat down with Murad Abu Eisheh, the filmmaker behind the Oscar shortlisted film short film Tala'vision. Born in Jordan in 1992, Murad Abu Eisheh earned his bachelor degree in Design and Visual Communications with a focus on filmmaking from the German Jordanian University in 2014 in Jordan. Following his graduation, he immersed himself deeper in his filmmaking journey and directed several short films focusing on human driven stories out of the Arab

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Netflix Celebrates Arab Cinema

We are thrilled to share how Netflix celebrates Arab Cinema! When we launched the Arab Film and Media Institute in 2017, one of our vision goals was to ensure that our established and award-winning luminaries took their rightful place in the film industry’s pantheon of celebrated films. Today, we are so excited to announce that on December 9 Netflix celebrates Arab Cinema with a new collection of  films, and we are thrilled to play our part in supporting the release

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20 Arab Directors On Why They Made Their Films

These Arab directors - whose work will play at AFF2021 -  explain why they made their films and their personal connections to them. Filmmaking is much more than a job - it is a labor of love and persistence, and a single project can often take years to complete. Get inspired by the words of these Arab directors and check out their films. The 25th Arab Film Festival opens in San Francisco on November 18 and online on November 19,

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