An Exclusive Evening of Arab Cinema in Los Angeles

In Focus: Arab Cinema is our yearly partnership with The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA). It showcases the best of Arab short films, many selected from our annual Arab Film Festival in Northern California.

The event is hosted at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Mary Pickford Center’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, providing an opportunity for the Arab film community to network with industry guests, show their work, participate in filmmakers Q&A and celebrate the best of Arab cinema.

In Focus: Arab Cinema

In Focus: Arab Cinema – 2020 Edition

We are already working on the 2020 edition, stay tuned for all updates.

In Focus: Arab Cinema – 2019 Edition

In 2019 we showcased a strong line-up of Syrian, Egyptian, Palestinian, Saudi Arabian and Tunisian stories told through dark humor, modern interpretations of folklore, and unflinching naturalitic lenses.

AZIZA • AFF 2019
Dir. Soudade Kaadan
13 Mins | Syria/Lebanon

JEBEL BANAT
Dir. Sharine Atif
15 Mins | Egypt

AMBIANCE
Dir. Wisam Al Jafari
15 Mins | Palestine

CYCLE OF APPLES
Dir. Maha Al-Saati
15 Mins | Canada, Saudi Arabia

DUNYA’S DAY • AFF 2019
Dir. Raed Alsemari
14 Mins | Saudi Arabia

BROTHERHOOD • AFF 2019
Dir. Meryam Joobeur
25 Mins | Tunisia
Nominated to a 2020 Academy Award (Best Live Action Short Film)

Arab Cinema: In Focus

In Focus: Arab Cinema – 2018 Edition

In 2019 we showcased Palestinian, Tunisian, Lebanese and Qatari stories that cover the often unmentioned hardships of refugees in Europe, tackle the difficult questions of ideology through the eyes of a child, look at history through a mockumentary lens, and in Cyril Aris’ Oscar-Qualifying The President’s Visit, take us to a town whose preparation for an important guest takes an absurd and darkly humorous turn.

A DROWNING MAN • AFF 2018
Dir. & Writ. Mahdi Fleifel
16 Mins | Denmark, UK, Greece

AYA • AFF 2018
Dir. & Writ. Moufida Fedhila
24 Mins | Tunisia

LAST DAYS OF THE MAN OF TOMORROW • AFF 2018
Dir. & Writ. Fadi Baki
29 Mins | Lebanon, Germany

THE PRESIDENT’S VISIT • AFF 2018
Dir. Cyril Aris & Writ. Mounia Akl and Cyril Aris
19 Mins | Lebanon, USA, Qatar

Arab Cinema: In Focus