Serge Bakalian Arab Film and Media Institute AFMI

Serge Bakalian

Executive Director

Serge Bakalian is a San Francisco-based filmmaker and activist. He was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon and immigrated to the Los Angeles area in 1986. He attended Cornell University and Loma Linda earning a B.S. in Chemistry, then completed his studies at the London School of Economics with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in International […]

Deana Nassar Arab Film and Media Institute AFMI

Deana Nassar

Artistic Director

Deana Nassar was born and raised in Southern California where she received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and International Relations from the University of Southern California. She continued her education in Washington, DC, where she attended Howard University School of law. At Howard, Deana served as President of The Goler Teal Butcher International Moot Court […]

Aurora Meneghello Arab Film and Media Institute AFMI

Aurora Meneghello

Marketing Director

Aurora Meneghello joined the Arab Film Festival in 2016 to expand the reach and impact of the organization and to help it evolve into the Arab Film and Media Institute. Aurora focuses on amplifying the message of social impact and non profit organizations, especially those in the education and arts fields, through her consulting firm, […]

Nagham Wehbe Los-Angeles Arab Film Festival Diretor

Nagham Wehbe

Los Angeles Festival Director

Nagham is a writer, producer, director and actor. She graduated in Radio, TV and Film and worked in Media Research at major studios in Los Angeles. ┬áHer recent theater production was the award winning play Confessions of an Arab Woman adapted from Joumana Haddad’s memoir. She believes in collaborations and making a difference through the […]

Sharif Ezzat Design Director at the Arab Film and Media Institute

Sharif Ezzat

Design Director

Sharif Ezzat is a creative director focused on digital storytelling and interactive design. His work has been featured by Adbusters, the Webby Awards, the Electronic Literature Organization, and the San Francisco International Film Festival. He has helped produce the Arab Film Festival in California for over a dozen years, and toured widely with acclaimed beatboxer […]

Alexander Farrow Arab Film Festival Programmer

Alexander Farrow

Film Festival Programmer

A Bay Area native in Los Angeles, Alexander received both his BA and MA from the San Francisco State University in Cinema Studies where he likewise lectured and assistant lectured film theory-related classes. Additionally, he has programmed in various capacities for the Arab Film Festival since 2011.

Yasmina Tawil Cinemayyat Editor

Yasmina Tawil

Cinemayyat Editor

Yasmina is an artist and film lover currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She originally hails from Rochester, a city upstate. Yasmina completed her studies at Boston University, where she earned a B.S. in Film and Television with a minor in Visual Arts. Her love of film is closely tied to her passion for art and […]

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