The History of Arab Cinema at the Oscars

The Academy Awards, known colloquially as "The Oscars", is an annual awards ceremony that recognizes achievement in the film industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This year marks the 92nd year of the awards with the first award being presented in 1929. This year's ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 9th. In preparation for this year's ceremony, we have prepared for you a comprehensive history of Arab cinema at the Oscars, broken down by decade.

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Yasmina’s Reading List: Books About Arab Cinema

While we always want to encourage you to watch Arab films, sometimes it's good to step away from the screen and grab a book! I wanted to share a few books about Arab cinema as well as the representation of Arab people and culture in film and media that I have on my own reading list this year. Reading these books about Arab cinema can help provide context and a deeper understanding of the history of the industry. Reel Bad

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Arab Films at Sundance 2020

In a great start to 2020, we're already seeing some Arab representation at the first film festival of the year with Arab films at Sundance. The Sundance Film Festival is an annual film festival hosted in Park City, Utah that was founded in 1978. This year's festival runs from January 23rd to February 2nd. It's become the largest independent film festival in the US and is known for showcasing new, up-and-coming talent. This year the festival will be showcasing 3

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Imagine What’s Possible – AFMI in 2019

Over 20 years ago, we started the Arab Film Festival to challenge hurtful media stereotypes and provide talented Arab filmmakers with a platform to show a real depiction of the Arab world. And our commitment has continued to grow over the years: we expanded into AFMI to fight bigotry and hate with powerful art and storytelling that foster empathy and understanding of our common humanity, and to support Arab filmmakers in the US. We are still a long way from

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AFF2019: The Ten Best Moments

This year's Arab Film Festival was record-breaking. Relive all the excitement through AFF2019 best moments. From sold out shows to filmmakers' Q&A, let's celebrate the best of Arab Cinema together. Photos from Opening Night at the Castro Theatre 1) Historic Turnout for Opening Night The first of AFF2019 best moments was this year's Arab Film Festival's Opening Night in San Francisco - we saw a historic turnout! The crowd at the iconic Castro Theatre came out in droves

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Arab Documentary Films at AFF2019

At AFMI, we are no stranger to Arab documentary films. They are a constant staple of our Arab Film Festival as well as our screenings throughout the year. Documentary films are a great tool to capture and share true stories with others. This year we are presenting 13 Arab documentary films of feature length, as well as 12 Arab documentary films in short form. These Arab documentary films cover numerous topics from war and sexism, to soccer and beer brewing. 

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Queer Lens – LBGTQ+ films at AFF2019

At this year's Arab Film Festival, we will be presenting a total of 5 shorts programs with a range of different themes. We've always found short films to be an incredible way to highlight diverse voices and new talent. This year we are particularly excited to present our inaugural Queer Lens: LBGTQ+ Showcase! This 2 hour program of award-winning films is all about queer Arabs, by queer filmmakers. By virtue of this program we aim to celebrate the multi-dimensional formations

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North African Films at the 23rd Arab Film Festival

At this year's Arab Film Festival we will be presenting 17 North African films from 9 different countries! We're so excited by the North African films presence at this year's festival and we're especially excited to be highlighting these North African films from countries we don't often receive submissions from such as Sudan, Libya and Mauritania. Here are all of North African film which will be screening throughout AFF2019. Film still from aKasha From Sudan we will be

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A Journey Through the Films of Elia Suleiman

As the 2019 Arab Film Festival nears, we cannot wait for opening night on October 11th where we will be showing It Must Be Heaven, the newest film from the incredibly talented Palestinian director and actor Elia Suleiman - get your tickets here. In preparation, we're taking a look at the life and career of the man behind the camera. Film still from It Must be Heaven, featuring the director Elia Suleiman Elia Suleiman was born in 1960

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YallaPunk: Interview with Founder Rana Fayez

Rana Fayez is the founder and director of YallaPunk, a nonprofit organization that is redefining and reclaiming the narrative for South Asian North African (SWANA) people through multidisciplinary arts. YallaPunk will be holding their third annual arts festival from August 29th through September 1st in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to creating YallaPunk, Rana lived a past life as a reporter and spent over ten years booking shows. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism from Virginia Tech and a masters from

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