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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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Arab Documentary Films Streaming Now

This selection of Arab Documentary Films is the third of a three-part series of posts on Arab films you can watch online while practicing social distancing. Catch up with part one and part two to discover even more movies. Since most of us are stuck at home isolating, we at AFMI have chosen 4 Arab documentary films streaming now that you can watch from the comfort of your home. While some of the most powerful and highly regarded Arab documentaries

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Narrative Arab Films Streaming Now

This is the second of a three-part series of posts on how to watch Arab films streaming now while practicing social distancing. Since most of us are stuck at home isolating, we at AFMI have chosen 5 Arab films that bring us joy during these difficult times. Comedy, romance, friendship, family and adventure are the main themes present in this movies. Each film is available to stream online, either for free or with a subscription. Film still from Yomeddine

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Watch Arab Films – Special Online Screening Events

This is the first of a three-part series of posts on how to watch Arab films while practicing social distancing. Normally this time of the year you might be here on the Cinemayaat blog reading about the Arab films selected for the Tribeca or Cannes film festivals, or maybe for an update on AFMI's year-round in-person screenings. But due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, most of the world is on "pause" which means festivals, film screenings and theatrical releases have

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