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21st Arab Film Festival

All Films & Events

  1. Solitaire

    Sophie Boutros / Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon / 2016 / 92 mins
    20 years past the Lebanese-Syrian war and Therese is still embittered towards everything "Syria" due to her beloved brother’s death by a Syrian bomb. Today, she joyfully prepares for a visit of her daughter's suitor and his parents; however, when the long-awaited guests arrive, and to Therese's dismay: it's discovered... they are Syrian!
    Opening Night: Solitaire

    Castro Theatre
    October 13, 2017 7:30 pm

    LA Opener: Solitaire

    Harmony Gold
    October 27, 2017 8:00 pm

  2. Stitching Palestine

    Carol Mansour / Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine / 2017 / 78 mins
    Palestinian women talk about life and national identity, their stories linked by the ancient art of embroidery.
    Stitching Palestine

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 22, 2017 4:10 pm

  3. Taste of Cement

    Ziad Kalthoum / Germany, Lebanon, Qatar, Syria, UAE / 2017 / 85 mins
    In Beirut, Syrian refugee construction workers build a skyscraper, locked at the building site with strict curfews. Haunted by memories of war whilst living a meager, destitute existance void of the most basic of worker's rights: they press on, as the sea hums in the distance.
    Taste of Cement

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 21, 2017 4:40 pm

  4. Tramontane

    Vatche Boulghourjian / Lebanon, France, Qatar, UAE / 2016 / 105 mins
    A man searches for his origins in a land where people cannot retell his or their own past

    Roxie Theatre
    October 17, 2017 7:00 pm


    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 21, 2017 2:30 pm

  5. The War Show

    Andreas Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon / Denmark, Finland, Germany, Syria / 2016 / 100 mins
    Radio host and DJ Obaidah documents the events before, during, and after the 2011 Syrian uprising, alongside the devastation that radically changed her country through an intimate, personal journey of violence, sacrifice, and hope.
    The War Show

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 21, 2017 8:30 pm

    The War Show

    Harmony Gold
    October 29, 2017 4:00 pm

  6. Withered Green

    Mohammed Hammad / Egypt / 2016 / 73 mins
    Still reeling from the death of her parents, Iman is tasked with coordinating traditional marriage proposal procedures on behalf of her younger sister, Noha. With no male relative available to facilitate the proposal (in accordance with local customs), Iman is forced to make a difficult, unconventional decision.
    Withered Green

    Roxie Theatre
    October 16, 2017 8:15 pm

    Withered Green

    Shattuck Cinemas
    October 21, 2017 6:40 pm

    Withered Green

    Harmony Gold
    October 28, 2017 8:00 pm

  7. Women of Freedom

    Abeer Zeibak Haddad / Israel / 2017 / 58 mins
    Engages the topic of Palestinian women who were murdered in the name of "honor killing."
    Women of Freedom

    San Francisco Public Library
    October 16, 2017 1:00 pm