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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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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Arab Films at the Berlinale 2020

Looking for Arab Films at the Berlinale? The 70th Berlin International Film Festival, known also as the Berlinale, begins February 20th in Berlin, Germany. It's known as one of the "Big Three" festivals and is considered highly prestigious. Here is our annual round up of all the Arab films that will be featured in this year's festival! Psst: check out Arab films at the Berlinale 2019 and 2018 if you are looking for more movies to watch. Feature Films Let's

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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 93rd year of the awards with the first award being presented in 1929. This year's ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 25th. 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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