An Exclusive Evening of Arab Cinema in Los Angeles

In Focus: Arab Cinema is our yearly partnership with 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 in Los Angeles, 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 2023

The 2023 edition of InFocus: Middle Eastern & Arab Cinema will take place on Saturday December 9th in Los Angeles.

The day opens with December Shorts, a collection of shorts presented as part of NFMLA’s ongoing monthly program. This month’s block includes a heady and visceral mix of drama, dark comedy, supernatural elements, documentary, hybrid documentary, and mockumentary.

Program #1 – December Shorts
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM – Pre-Reception
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Program
6:00 PM – 6:15 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2 – InFocus: Arab Cinema
6:15 PM – 6:45 PM – Pre-Reception
6:45 PM – 8:30 PM – Program
8:30 PM – 8:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3 – InFocus: Middle Eastern Cinema
8:45 PM – 9:15 PM – Pre-Reception
9:15 PM – 10:30 PM – Program
10:30 PM – 10:45 PM – Audience Q&A

The day’s programming continues with a stand-out selection of short films curated in partnership with The Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI) that showcases Arab storytellers from across the world, including productions from Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, France, Canada and the US. The selection leans into absurdism and humor and represents a wide range of storytelling styles. It includes stories about the pursuit of love, poetic satire, unlikely friendships and sibling rivalry.

The night concludes with InFocus: Middle Eastern Cinema, a block of short films from Middle Eastern filmmakers. The films tell stories about history, conflicted feelings, familial expectations, social critique, grief, women and girls in peril and examinations of gendered expectations. This selection includes the world premiere of writer-director Lee Peterkin’s Ten Years.

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