Interview with Writer and Director Mike Mosallam of “Breaking Fast”

If you are in San Francisco, don’t miss Breaking Fast at our inaugural Pride screening at the newly renovated San Francisco LGBT Center on June 22nd! Get your tickets here. Mike Mosallam is a writer, producer and director for film, television and theatre and also the head of his own production company, Mike Mosallam Productions. In 2015, he […]

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10 Queer Arab Films to Watch During Pride Month

Editor’s note: if you are in San Francisco, don’t miss our Pride screening at the newly renovated San Francisco LGBT Center on June 22nd! Get your tickets here. 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 […]

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Syria, Political Theater, and Soap Operas: Bart DeLorenzo Talks About His New Play KISS

I recently had the opportunity to see KISS – a new play written by Guillermo Calderon, and directed by Bart DeLorenzo. It was a special meetup for our Los Angeles community and the cast included our LA Festival Director, Nagham Wehbe. KISS is an amazing play, and entirely surprising – I cannot say more – the power of […]

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Interview with Mona Damluji

This Wednesday, May 17th, AFF will be hosting a free screening of six exceptional short films at the University of California Santa Barbara. This 90-minute program showcases the emergent voices and diverse approaches in cinematic storytelling by contemporary Arab filmmakers and artists. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with Executive Director Serge Bakalian […]

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Arab Films at Cannes 2017

With the 70th Festival de Cannes just around the corner, we decided to take a look at what this year’s festival has to offer in terms of Arab films. Though there continues to be only a few Arab films in the official selection, Arab talent is abundant in other areas of the festival. We have […]

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4 Films to Watch during Arab-American Heritage Month

It’s April and that means it’s National Arab-American Heritage Month! National Arab American Heritage Month, also known as NAAHM, is a month long celebration of Arab life, culture and history in America. Spearheaded by the publication Arab American, events as well as education initiatives have been taking place all over the country. Here at AFF, it […]

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A Selection of Arab Films for Children

Though there are many Arab films about children and childhood, there are not a lot of Arab films that are actually for children. So we rounded up a few of our favorites and then reached out to our followers on social media to see what suggestions they had. Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet by Roger Aller […]

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Now Accepting Submissions to #AFF2017!

Ready to show your film to the world? We are now accepting submissions to the 21st edition of the Arab Film Festival! The festival will take place in October 2017. AFF annually showcases works by independent filmmakers that provide insight into the beauty, complexity and diversity of the Arab world alongside realistic perspectives on Arab culture, art, […]

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Where Something Else Happens: Visual “karama” and Contemporary Syrian Documentary Cinema

Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog post written by Nathalie Khankan, lecturer at Dept. of Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley. During the month of March 2017, The Arab Film Festival in partnership with The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at UC Berkeley will screen a series of documentaries about Syria by Syrian […]

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