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20th Arab Film Festival

All Films & Events

  1. Go Home

    Jihane Chouaib / Lebanon / 2016 / Drama / 112 mins
    Nada is going home. Or at least she wants to. When she comes back to Lebanon, she realizes she’s a foreigner in her own country. But there’s still a place she holds on to: an abandoned house in ruins, haunted by the presence of her grandfather who disappeared during the civil war.
    Go Home

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 16, 2016 6:35 pm


  2. Highlights: Documentary

    99 mins
    With subjects ranging from displacement, to drag racing in Saudi, this program takes a deep and intimate look into the lives of everyday Arabs

    In This Program: 9 Days: From my Window in Aleppo, Between Heaven and Earth, Hajwalah, Shireen of Al-Walaja, Stateless: Syrian Refugees in Detroit, Xenos

    Shorts Program: Highlights: Documentary

    Embarcadero Center Cinema
    October 9, 2016 1:00 pm

    Shorts Program: Highlights: Documentary

    New Parkway Theatre
    October 13, 2016 8:50 pm Buy Tickets


  3. Highlights: Narrative

    102 mins
    An eclectic program of narrative shorts, these highlights showcase the tremendous diverse talents of established and emerging Arab filmmakers

    In This Program: Congratulations, E.T.E.R.N.I.T., The Rifle, The Jackle, The Wolf and The Boy, Where Is Al-Rabee?, Wintry Spring, Zaina’s Cake

    Shorts Program: Highlights: Narrative

    New Parkway Theatre
    October 14, 2016 6:00 pm Buy Tickets

    Shorts Program: Highlights: Narrative

    Harmony Gold
    October 23, 2016 2:00 pm


  4. Houses Without Doors

    Avo Kaprealian / Syria / 2016 / Documentary / 90 mins
    From the balcony of his home, the filmmaker shows the changes in the life of an Armenian family on Aleppo’s frontline in Al Midan, an area that brought shelter to the persecuted Armenians 100 years ago and today to many displaced Syrians.
    House without Doors

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 15, 2016 3:15 pm


  5. In the Last Days of the City

    Tamer El Said / Egypt / 2016 / Drama / 119 mins
    Set in downtown Cairo days before the revolution, the atmosphere is pulsating with an uncomfortable air of apathy, angst and ambivalence. Khalid, a 35-year-old filmmaker struggles to capture the feeling of his city at a moment when all around him dreams are disintegrating. With the help of his friends, he finds the strength to keep going through the difficulty and beauty of living In the Last Days of the City.
    In the Last Days of the City

    Embarcadero Center Cinema
    October 8, 2016 6:30 pm

    In the Last Days of the City

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 16, 2016 8:45 pm


  6. Junction 48

    Udi Aloni / Israel, Palestine / 2016 / Action / 95 mins
    Two young Palestinian hip-hop artists fall in love and use their music to regain normalcy while navigating life under occupation and conservative dictates.
    Junction 48

    Embarcadero Center Cinema
    October 8, 2016 9:00 pm


  7. Madame Courage

    Merzak Allouache / Algeria / 2015 / Drama / 90 mins
    Omar, a street thief, is an unstable and lonely teenager who lives in an Algerian slum. He is addicted to a psychotropic drug, Madame Courage, popular for the feeling of invincibility it engenders. He develops an obsession with Selma, who’s gold necklace he snatches on the street.

    Preceded by: Unquiet Days

    Unquiet Days | Madame Courage

    Embarcadero Center Cinema
    October 11, 2016 7:45 pm


  8. Maktoub

    Sonia Ben Slama / Tunisia / 2015 / Documentary / 63 mins
    70 years ago, in Ksour Essaf, central Tunisia, a young woman escaped from her husband’s house and raised up against "maktoub." Now, in the very same place, she is witnessing a young woman, Sabrine, who is faced with the same fate.
    Maktoub

    Embarcadero Center Cinema
    October 8, 2016 3:00 pm


  9. Mother of the Unborn

    Nadine Salib / Egypt / 2014 / Documentary / 85 mins
    In a forgotten corner of Egypt lives an infertile woman who is yearning for a child. Hanan lingers between a dream that is slowly slipping away and the struggle of finding a place where she belongs. While everything that surrounds her bustles with fertility and mortality, she wonders how to give meaning to the time that she has in between.

    Preceded by: The People’s Girls

    The People’s Girl | Mother of the Unborn

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 16, 2016 4:20 pm


  10. Much Loved

    Nabil Ayouch / Morocco / 2015 / Drama / 104 mins
    Four Moroccan call girls struggle to find freedom and sisterhood amidst a society that is harsh and unforgiving to them

    Preceded by: The Society

    The Society | Much Loved

    Embarcadero Center Cinema
    October 10, 2016 8:00 pm