Arab Films

The 22nd San Francisco Arab Film Festival screens 12 – 21 October 2018.


This year’s opening night film is Heaven Without People directed by Lucien Bourjeily (2017) Lebanon.

Subsequent narrative and documentary features will screen at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco and the New Parkway in Oakland.

The festival includes work from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, and the US.

For more information and tickets contact Arab Film And Media Institute.

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Romantic Engagement

Two families collide at the engagement of a young couple in Solitaire directed by Sophie Boutros (Egypt/Jordan/Lebanon) 2016.

A lot can go wrong when the future bride and groom along with their respective parents and assorted locals come together for the first time. The tangle of relationships is strained by persistent regional prejudice in this engaging romantic comedy.

This perfect opening night feature film at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco will also inaugurate the 21st Arab Film Festival at the Harmony Gold in Los Angeles Friday 27 October 2017.

Contact Arab Film Institute for more info and tickets.

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Arab Film Fest 20

The twentieth annual Arab Film Festival opens soon in five California cities.

San Francisco 7 – 11 October 2016, Oakland 12 – 14 October 2016, Berkeley 15 – 16 October 2016, Los Angeles 21 – 23 October 2016, and San Diego 27 – 30 October 2016.

Clash directed by Mohamed Diab (Egypt) 2016 is the opening night film at the Castro Theatre. It will be preceded by a reception and followed by a party at Mercer featuring DJ Emancapacion. Subsequent San Francisco screenings will be at the Embarcadero Center Cinema.

Very Big Shot directed by Mir-Jean Bou Chaya (Lebanon) 2015 is the opening night film at Harmony Gold in Los Angeles. Iraqi Odyssey is the opening film at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego.

This year’s festival includes narrative features, documentaries, and shorts from Egypt, France, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey.

For more information and tickets contact Arab Film Festival.

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Pity The Immigrant

Two of the narrative features that screened at the Arab Film Festival in San Francisco dealt with the immigrant experience. It’s About To Rain directed by Haider Rashid (Italy/Iraq/UAE/Kuwait) 2012 is about an Algerian family living in Italy that faces deportation. Said and his brother were both born in Florence but after their father is unemployed, the three are ordered to leave the country.


The Last Stop directed by Marcio Curi (Brazil/Lebanon) 2012 begins with the journey of two teenagers, Tarik and his brother, from Lebanon to Brazil. They travel by ship with other young people from the Middle East seeking a better life abroad. As the years pass, Tarik manages to live a fairly satisfying life. But half a century later, facing his impending death, he embarks on a journey to reconnect with his shipmates, especially Ali, who saved him from drowning.

The Last Stop screens again in Los Angeles 18 October 2013. The 17th annual Arab Film Festival resumes this coming weekend in Southern California, returning the following weekend to Oakland and Berkeley before concluding mid November in San Diego. For more information and tickets see the Arab Film Festival.

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