The 22nd annual Arab Film Festival begins October 12 at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco, and this year, for the first-time, will partner with the Asian World Film Festival for its screenings in Culver City at ArcLight Cinema.
As the oldest and largest-running festival of Arab films and filmmakers in North America, the Arab Film Festival annually spotlights between 50-70 films from more than 28 countries, including 15 Arab countries.
“Now more than ever the stories and experiences of Arabs in the United States need to be told,” said Arab Film & Media Institute executive director, Serge Bakalian. “AFMI aims to be a complete ecosystem to find, nurture and showcase Arab talent in the United States. We are proud to honor filmmakers that are expanding and challenging the Arab narrative during our upcoming Arab Film Festival.”
Film selection, opening night details and events will be announced at a later date.
The Arab Film Festival arabfilminstitute.org/festival