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21st Arab Film Festival

All Films & Events

  1. 17

    Widad Shafakoj / Jordan / 2017 / 73 mins
    Follows an under-17 women's football team as they prepare for the FIFA U17 Women's World Cup, with the weight of the world resting on their shoulders.

    San Francisco Public Library
    October 16, 2017 2:00 pm


    Empress Theatre
    October 19, 2017 8:45 pm

  2. The Art of Moving

    Liliana Marinho de Sousa / Germany, Syria, Turkey / 2016 / 88 mins
    Spotlilght on "Daya Al-Taesh," an anti-ISIS satirical web series created by a group of Syrian activists.
    The Art of Moving

    Roxie Theatre
    October 15, 2017 5:50 pm

  3. Bezness as Usual

    Alex Pitstra / Netherlands, Tunisia / 2016 / 92 mins
    What is it like to be the child of a Tunisian playboy and a Dutch mother? Are expectations and cultures on both sides compatible?
    Bezness as Usual

    Roxie Theatre
    October 14, 2017 3:00 pm

  4. Blood and the Moon

    Tommaso Cotronei / Italy, Yemen / 2017 / 78 mins
    Yemeni youth struggle against political unrest, early marriage, and the hardship of poverty while trying to maintain their education and dreams of a brighter future.
    Blood and the Moon

    Roxie Theatre
    October 14, 2017 1:00 pm

  5. Documentary Shorts

    70 mins
    A diverse assembly of short format documentary films that include spotlights on traditional Moroccan Sufi-inspired rock music and Amman's underground heavy metal scene, to a portrait of Palestinian youth living under occupation. Of note in this program are 4 films from #SupportYemen's documentary filmmaking workshop Comra (or "photographic dark room") that supports Yemeni filmmakers in tandem with the British Council. Heartfelt, relevant, and inspiring: our 2017 doc shorts program has something for everyone.

    In This Program: Bachelors of War, By the Medina, For the Medina, For a Loaf of Bread, Hide Your Metal, Home, Not Acting Anymore, Taxi

    Documentary Shorts

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 22, 2017 1:00 pm

  6. Dramatic Vision

    88 mins
    A compilation of moody short narratives that demonstrate superbly crafted visual storytelling while engaging important socio-political realities of various parts of the Arab World and beyond. From a father who seeks to protect his only daughter from ISIS to an experimental rendering of Gaza's 2014 Shujaiya massacre: these films are captivating inasmuch as they touch upon pressing issues.

    In This Program: Abraham, Fireflies, Mare Nostrum, One Minute, Status Quo, Submarine

    Dramatic Vision

    New Parkway Theatre
    October 18, 2017 9:00 pm Buy Tickets

    Dramatic Vision

    Harmony Gold
    October 29, 2017 2:00 pm

  7. Gaza Surf Club

    Philip Gnadt, Mickey Yamine / Germany, Palestine, USA / 2016 / 87 mins
    A deep dive "on ground zero" spotlight on Gaza's surf community, which has experienced, survived, and overcome a multitude of obstacles synonymous with the pains of occupation.
    Gaza Surf Club

    Roxie Theatre
    October 15, 2017 4:00 pm

    Gaza Surf Club

    Harmony Gold
    October 28, 2017 6:00 pm

  8. Heaven Sent

    Wissam Charaf / France, Lebanon / 2016 / 70 mins
    Presumed dead for 20 years, a former militiaman reappears and must adjust to a changed society.
    Heaven Sent

    Roxie Theatre
    October 16, 2017 9:40 pm

  9. Here I Am… Here You Are

    Raed Rafei / Italy, Lebanon / 2016 / 67 mins
    Two men, two worlds and a quest for a common future in a present beset with real and imaginary boundaries. Unfolds as a travel-log navigating between Europe, a barricaded land of promise for homosexuals, and an Arab reality where gay characters hang in limbo between seeking acceptance and a desire for exile.
    Here I Am … Here You Are

    Roxie Theatre
    October 14, 2017 5:05 pm

  10. In Between

    Maysaloun Hamoud / France, Israel / 2016 / 103 mins
    Three Palestinian women share an apartment in Tel Aviv and try to balance tradition with the modern world.
    In Between

    Roxie Theatre
    October 14, 2017 6:35 pm

    In Between

    Harmony Gold
    October 29, 2017 6:15 pm