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20th Arab Film Festival

Los Angeles

The Arab Film Festival returns to Los Angeles for a three-day showcase. Best way to enjoy the weekend is purchasing a pass! Or select individual tickets below.

UPDATE: Los Angeles opener with Very Big Shot will include a free reception starting at 6pm.  Film @8pm and Q&A with Director following the screening.

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October 21, 2016

Los Angeles Opener: Very Big Shot

A Small time drug-dealer stumbles upon a brilliant way to smuggle amphetamines across the Lebanese border. He enlists the help of an underrated filmmaker and in the process discovers how to slyly manipulate public opinion. Lebanon's official entry to the 2017 Oscars Los Angeles: Reception @6pm | Q&A with Director following screening

October 22, 2016

Mariam | The Tainted Veil

The layers of the veil in history and the many meanings behind it are explored in this documentary. 'Women are either judged for wearing the hijab or not wearing it.' In 'The Tainted Veil,' the challenges surrounding these ideas are exposed in a debate by diverse guests and extraordinary stories. The Tainted Veil won 'Best Documentary' at both the Silk Road Film Festival in Ireland and the International Film Festival in Jakarta. It was also a finalist for the American Movie Awards.

Shorts Program: Animation

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

After Spring

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.


Nasser chronicles the rise and fall of the Arab World’s most influential modern leader.


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.

October 23, 2016

Shorts Program: Highlights: Narrative

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

Dry Hot Summers | The Bride of the Nile

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.

Temporary | Namour

Set in the economic recession of the late 2000s, Steven Bassem spends his evenings as an all-but-invisible valet, acutely aware of his dead-end situation. As the bonds of his once tightly knit Arab-USn family erode, Steven acts out in increasingly erratic ways, and struggles to figure out who he is and what he ought to be doing.