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21st Arab Film Festival

All Films & Events

  1. In Syria

    Philippe Van Leeuw / Belgium, France, Lebanon, Syria / 2017 / 85 mins
    A mother attempts to keep her family safe as war rages and a sniper lies in wait outside her home.
    In Syria

    Roxie Theatre
    October 15, 2017 7:45 pm

    In Syria

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 22, 2017 8:30 pm


  2. Investigating Paradise

    Merzak Allouache / Algeria, France / 2017 / 135 mins
    Investigative journalist Nedjma traverses various social landscapes in Algeria to uncover the appeal of "Wahhabism," especially in relation to modern day youth culture, and the perils of Salafi readings of the Koran.
    Investigating Paradise

    Center for Middle Eastern Studies (UC Berkeley)
    October 19, 2017 6:00 pm

    Investigating Paradise

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 22, 2017 6:00 pm

    Investigating Paradise

    Harmony Gold
    October 28, 2017 1:30 pm


  3. The Nile Hilton Incident

    Tarik Saleh / Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Sweden / 2016 / 110 mins
    Cairo 2011, just weeks before the revolution. Police detective Noredin, working in the infamous Kasr el-Nil Police Station, is handed the case of a murdered singer. He soon realizes that the investigation concerns elite players, close to the President’s inner circle.
    The Nile Hilton Incident

    Roxie Theatre
    October 14, 2017 8:45 pm

    The Nile Hilton Incident

    Harmony Gold
    October 28, 2017 9:30 pm


  4. Nut$

    Henri Bargès / Lebanon / 2016 / 107 mins
    Housewife poker player extraordinaire Lana gets caught up in Beirut's underground gambling scene where gangsters, pimps, and psychopaths commingle. As she delves deeper into the elite, criminal underbelly of the high roller lifestyle, what will become of her once idyllic family life?
    Nut$

    Roxie Theatre
    October 15, 2017 9:25 pm

    Nut$

    Harmony Gold
    October 29, 2017 8:30 pm


  5. Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory

    Mohanad Yaqubi / France, Lebanon, Palestine, Qatar / 2016 / 62 mins
    An archive-based documentary on the Palestinian people's struggle to produce self-representation on their own terms in the 1960s and 1970s, with the establishment of the Palestine Film Unit as part of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
    Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory

    Roxie Theatre
    October 16, 2017 7:00 pm

    Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 21, 2017 1:00 pm


  6. On the Edge of Narrative

    96 mins
    Three daring films from the Arab World that span across the Maghreb, the Levant, and the Gulf that push the boundaries of narrative storytelling towards more experimental considerations of visuality, performance, and genre. Moving through the registers of magical realism, absurdist psychodrama, and feminist monster movie horror, this selection will test the viewer's powers of perception while leaving room for shocking, even if, strange surprises.

    In This Program: After, Kindil, Shrimp

    On the Edge of Narrative

    Roxie Theatre
    October 17, 2017 9:00 pm

    On the Edge of Narrative

    New Parkway Theatre
    October 20, 2017 6:00 pm Buy Tickets


  7. Opening Night After Party

    240 mins
    After the film screening, join the Arab Film Festival crew and special guests for an unforgettable night. Lounge, dance and enjoy good company at the Mercer while DJ Emancipacion’s set takes us on musical meanderings from Egypt to Oakland.
    Opening Night After Party

    Mercer
    October 13, 2017 10:00 pm


  8. Playful Ponderings

    79 mins
    From dating drama in Bahrain and an abandoned Qatari cinemaplex, to wacky Lebanese nuns and land mine explosions, this eclectic mix of 6 whimsical, albeit socially-concerned short format narrative works will take viewers on a journey of humor, self-discovery, and provocation.

    In This Program: Ahmad, The Candle, Five Boys and a Wheel, I Have Been Watching You All Along, Rattled, Under the Robes

    Playful Ponderings

    Empress Theatre
    October 19, 2017 7:00 pm

    Playful Ponderings

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 22, 2017 2:30 pm

    Playful Ponderings

    Harmony Gold
    October 28, 2017 4:00 pm


  9. Refugee Stories: Migration, Displacement, Hope

    83 mins
    Far from a one-size-fits-all marking of "experience" so often depicted on Western media outlets when it comes to the plight of the refugee, this program of 5 powerful short documentaries spotlight the multitude of hues that should be considered when discussions of the refugee experience are had. From the Yarmouk and Ain El-Hilweh camps, to the streets of Berlin: Refugee Stories shows what it takes to hold onto one's dreams amidst devastating circumstances.

    In This Program: After the Spring, Here You Are, A Man Returned, The Pianist of Yarmouk, Through My Eyes: Hani’s Journey

    Refugee Stories: Migration, Displacement, Hope

    New Parkway Theatre
    October 18, 2017 6:30 pm Buy Tickets

    Refugee Stories: Migration, Displacement, Hope

    Pasadena City College
    October 26, 2017 7:00 pm


  10. Saudi Showcase

    These films represent the best of Saudi filmmaking, reflecting the creativity, culture, and humor of the Saudi people, and most notably: its filmmaker's penchant for crafting boundary-pushing work. AFF is looking forward to bringing these films to American audiences who are intrigued yet often misinformed by the media about Saudi life and values. These filmmakers represent the future of Saudi film and offer a look at its independent film scene American audiences would otherwise not be privy to.

    In This Program: Wasati, Yellow, Madayen

    Special: Saudi Showcase

    New Parkway Theatre
    October 20, 2017 8:05 pm Buy Tickets