Filmmakers-AFF2017-Q&A

AFF2017 Recap: The Seven Best Moments

1) Full House at the Castro! If you haven’t been to the Arab Film Festival‘s Opening Night in San Francisco, you don’t know what you’ve been missing: it’s big, bold, and at the Castro, the historical movie theater that holds 1,400 people. And it was our largest opening night attendance to date. Thank you for […]

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Interviews with Nadia Eliwat and Sophie Boutros - Writers of MAHBAS - Solitaire

Interviews with Nadia Eliewat and Sophie Boutros – Writers of MAHBAS – Solitaire

MAHBAS – Solitaire is a tragicomic tale of the engagement-gone-wrong between a young Lebanese woman and her Syrian suitor. Samer and his parents travel to the provincial Lebanese village home of sweetheart Ghada, to formally ask for her hand in marriage. Haunted by the memory of her brother – who died 20 years ago at the hands […]

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#AFF2017 presents: Migration, Displacement, Hope: Refugee Stories

OCTOBER 18th at the New Parkway in Oakland and on October 26th in Pasadema! Tickets here. Far from a one-size-fits-all marking of “experience” so often depicted on Western media outlets when it comes to the plight of the refugee, this program of 5 powerful short documentaries spotlights the multitude of hues that should be considered […]

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#AFF2017 presents: Saudi Showcase!

Come see these amazing Saudi films at the on October 20th at 8:05pm New Parkway Theatre in Oakland. There will be a Q&A with actor/writer Hakeem Jomah and executive producer Sultan Faisal of Madayen, to follow! Buy your tickets here. We are proud to present three films from Saudi Arabia as part of our 21st edition’s […]

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Interview with Darine Hamze – Star of “Nut$”

Nut$ is playing at #AFF2017 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco on October 15 at 9:25 pm and at Harmony Gold in Los Angeles on October 29 at 8:30pm. Get your tickets here! Nut$ is a non-stop, high stakes, action-packed film filled with sexy intrigue. It’s exhilarating while still being concerned with the big […]

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LGBTQIA films at the Arab Film Festival

#AFF2017: LGBTQIA Arab Films

Check out the full #AFF2017 schedule and buy tickets here! This year at the 21st Arab Film Festival we are excited to showcase films that tackle a variety of LGBTQIA stories. FEATURE FILMS Here I Am….Here You Are – Raed Rafei / Italy, Lebanon / 2016 The second feature by multimedia journalist Raed Rafei, Here I Am… Here […]

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Hisham Fageeh

Meet the #AFF2017 Jury Panel

Check out the full #AFF2017 schedule and buy tickets here! It is our pleasure to announce this year’s #AFF2017 Jury Panel! We are very proud to have these amazingly talented individuals assigning this year’s Jury Awards. These awards include Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short and Best Documentary Short. Keep reading to learn more […]

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Shorts Programs at Arab Film Festival 2017

Lovers of the short form, rejoice! We are excited to share that at this year’s Arab Film Festival will be hosting five short films programs. Check out the full lineup below! Documentary Shorts This program features a diverse assembly of documentary films that include a diverse series of spotlights, from traditional Moroccan Sufi-inspired rock music […]

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Interview with Hakeem Jomah – Writer and Producer of “Madayen”

Madayen is being shown as part of the #AFF2017 Saudi Showcase at the New Parkway Theatre on October 20 at 8:05pm. And special guest writer/actor Hakeem Jomah from the film will join us! Get your tickets here. Set in the notoriously cursed, djinn-infested Madayen Saleh ruins in the northwestern sector of the Kingdom, Madayen is a […]

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