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20th Arab Film Festival

All Films & Events

  1. 3000 Nights

    Mai Masri / Palestine / 2015 / Drama / 103 mins
    A young Palestinian school teacher is falsely accused of a being an accomplice to a crime and sentenced to serve 8 years. She gives birth to her son in a women’s prison, in Israel, where she fights to protect him, survive and maintain hope. Jordan's official entry to the 2017 Oscars
    3000 Nights

    Hearst Field at UC Berkeley
    October 10, 2016 7:00 pm

  2. After Spring

    Ellen Martinez, Steph Ching / Jordan, US / 2016 / Documentary / 101 mins
    With the Syrian conflict now in its sixth year, millions of people continue to be displaced. After Spring is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in ​Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees.
    Special: After Spring

    New Parkway Theatre
    October 13, 2016 6:30 pm Buy Tickets

    After Spring

    Harmony Gold
    October 22, 2016 5:15 pm

  3. Animation

    98 mins
    An AFF first, this animations program showcases the amazing talents and poignant story telling ability of Arab animators

    In This Program: Diaspora, The Dice Player, In the Future They Ate From The Finest Porcelain, Karouma, The Pot Thief, Silence, Unfinished Tales: Fool’s Paradise, Waves ’98

    Shorts Program: Animation

    Embarcadero Center Cinema
    October 8, 2016 1:00 pm

    Shorts Program: Animation

    Harmony Gold
    October 22, 2016 3:15 pm

  4. As I Open My Eyes

    Leyla Bouzid / Tunisia / 2015 / Drama / 102 mins
    Set on the eve of the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia, a headstrong teen, Farah, pushes back against her parents and society to pursue her passion for singing in a subversive underground band. Tunisia's official entry to the 2017 Oscars
    As I Open My Eyes

    Embarcadero Center Cinema
    October 9, 2016 5:15 pm

  5. Bennesbeh Labokra, Chou?

    Ziad Rahbani / Lebanon / 2015 / 135 mins
    Performed in 1978 over eight months, “Bennesbeh Labokra, Chou?” takes place in a bar in the trendy Hamra district, hosting a variety of people such as poets, reporters, businessmen and foreigners.
    Arab Classics: Bennesbeh Labokra, Chou?

    New Parkway Theatre
    October 12, 2016 8:30 pm

  6. The Bride of the Nile

    Edouard Mills-Affif / Egypt, France / 2015 / Documentary / 63 mins
    A drama of tragic proportions is played out in a village by the Nile Delta, where a young woman must marry a man she does not love.

    Preceded by: Dry Hot Summers

    Dry Hot Summers | The Bride of the Nile

    Embarcadero Center Cinema
    October 9, 2016 9:10 pm

    Dry Hot Summers | The Bride of the Nile

    Harmony Gold
    October 23, 2016 4:00 pm

  7. Cairo in One Breath

    Anna Kipervaser / Egypt, US / 2015 / Documentary / 80 mins
    After 1,400 years, thoUSnds of muezzins in Cairo no longer call people to pray as wireless receivers replace them. As the Adhan Unification Project takes hold, Egypt undergoes Revolution and regime change.
    Cairo in One Breath

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 16, 2016 2:40 pm

  8. Clash

    Mohamed Diab / Egypt / 2016 / Drama / 97 mins
    Set just after the political events of June 2013, In Cairo, Clash is shot entirely in the confines of a police van containing Muslim Brotherhood members, pro-army supporters and foreign journalists. US Premiere
    Opening Night: Clash

    Castro Theatre
    October 7, 2016 7:30 pm At the Door


    New Parkway Theatre
    October 14, 2016 8:20 pm Buy Tickets

  9. The Cow Farm

    Ali Sheikh Khudr / Egypt, Syria, Turkey / 2016 / Documentary / 61 mins
    Portrait of a troubled Syrian farmer who, in spite of the war and turmoil, tries to live his daily life.

    Preceded by: No One Gets Out of Here Alive, The Sniper of Kobani

    The Cow Farm w/Shorts

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 16, 2016 1:00 pm

  10. Degrade

    Arab Nasser,Tarzan Nasser / France, Palestine, Qatar / 2015 / Drama / 85 mins
    On a hot afternoon in Gaza, gun fire breaks out outside a busy beauty salon. The women inside, all from various backgrounds and circumstances are stuck inside, left to reflect on both the internal and external obstacles that rule their lives.

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 15, 2016 9:00 pm


    Harmony Gold
    October 22, 2016 9:15 pm