Interview with the Filmmakers: Muayad and Rami Alayan of “Love, Theft and Other Entanglements”

Meet Muayad and Rami Alayan, the director and producer behind the grassroots film Love, Theft and Other Entanglements. Their film follows the story of Mousa, a Palestinian man with a wrecked love affair, looking to raise enough money so that he can pay for his exit visa to leave the country. When Mousa tries to […]

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Advance Festival Passes now on Sale!

The 19th Annual Arab Film Festival opens October 16 at the Castro Theatre and runs through October 25, with stops throughout the Bay Area.  This year is shaping up to be one of the strongest in recent history, and the best way to enjoy the festival is getting an All Access pass. Reguarly priced at […]

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#AFF2015 Dates Announced

We’ve announced our new and final dates for the 19th annual Arab Film Festival. This year we’ve condensed our San Francisco Bay Area Festival run to 10 days, October 16-25, making it easier for those of you traveling from out of town to enjoy the Festival in its entirety. Once again this year, we are […]

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Submissions for 2015 now Open!

We’re excited to announce the call for entries for the 19th edition of the Arab Film Festival, to be held in the San Francisco Bay Area October 2015, and Los Angeles in November. AFF annually showcases works by independent filmmakers that provide insight into the beauty, complexity and diversity of the Arab world alongside realistic perspectives on […]

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#AFF2014 Award Winners Announced

and the Awards go to …  

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Q&A with Amal’s Garden Director Nadia Shihab

Earlier this year, the Arab Film Festival co-presented a special screening of Amal’s Garden, a half-hour documentary about the story of Mustafa and Amal, an elderly Turkmen couple living in Kirkuk, Iraq trying to move on with life after war. In light of the recent mass displacement of ethnic minorities in northern Iraq, Nadia Shihab […]

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AFF Summer Screening: Q&A with Mars at Sunrise director Jessica Habie

As the American public slowly wakes up to the nightmarish realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it becomes increasingly apparent that an honest conversation on the perversities of war is necessary. Despite being a work of fiction, Jessica Habie’s latest film does just that. Inspired by the real life of Palestinian artist Hani Zurob, Mars at […]

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#AFF2014 Dates Announced

More details with venues and cities to come, but for now, mark your calenders for October 10 – 23 San Francisco Bay Area November 7 – 12 Los Angeles November 20 – 22 San Diego

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Call for Entries open!

The Arab Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 18th Annual Arab Film Festival to be held in the San Francisco Bay Area in October 2014. AFF annually showcases works by independent filmmakers that provide insightful and innovative perspectives on Arab people, culture, art, history and politics.

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