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Arab Films at Cannes and Tribeca 2021

We’re back again, as we always are, to highlight the Arab films premiering this year. The Cannes Film Festival recently announced their lineup and the Tribeca Film Festival is coming up on June 9th so we are here to share with you the Arab films that made the cut! Arab Films at Cannes 2021 The Cannes Film Festival, back in full form after its cancellation last year, will take place in-person from July 6 to July 17. There are four

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The Present: How Caged Birds Maneuver

Since its release, Farah Nabulsi’s directorial debut project, The Present, has garnered consistent attention and accolades. The short film has been nominated for an Oscar, won a BAFTA, and received numerous awards from renowned festivals like the Claremont-Ferrand and the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival.  Film still from The Present “Why are you here?” an Israeli settler asks Yusef, an average Palestinian man looking to cross an Israeli checkpoint near his home in the Occupied West Bank.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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Arab Films at Cannes 2020 & Palm Springs ShortFest

Our yearly tradition continues, with the spotlight on Arab Films at Cannes 2020 and at Palm Springs ShortFest. With the world currently in a shutdown due to COVID-19, we've seen the cancellation of many film festivals. Despite this, major film festivals are still announcing their lineups along with what they have planned for this unusual and unprecedented year. Two notable film festivals just announced their lineups and we're excited to share with you the Arab films that made the cut!

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Films by Black Filmmakers from the Arab World

Discover films by Black filmmakers from the Arab World. Our blog editor Yasmina Tawil has made a Letterboxd list of all these films so you can add them to your Watchlist ♥ Check the complete list here. Featuring: You Will Die at 20 Talking About Trees AKasha (featured at #AFF2019) Khartoum Offside Freedom Fields Film (featured at #AFF2019) Timbuktu Veganize It! (featured in this year's Arab Film Series online) and more! We also tagged all the films and filmmakers we

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35 Queer Arab Films to Watch During Pride Month [Updated for 2020]

It's June, which means it's LGBT Pride Month! This is a time to celebrate people of all sexual orientations and genders. Here at AFF, we are of course celebrating by watching movies. People are often surprised to learn that queer Arab films and filmmakers openly exist, but they most certainly do and this misconception makes it all the more important that we acknowledge and celebrate them. To celebrate Pride, we have compiled a list of Arab films that tackle the

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