Arab Film & Media Institute

Arab Film & Media Institute


The Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI) is the first organization of its kind outside the Arab world, a unique ecosystem to find, nurture and develop Arab film…


Arab Film Fest Collab 2022

The Arab American National Museum (AANM), the Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI), ArteEast, and Mizna proudly present the Arab Film Fest Collab (AFFC) from April 7-17, 2022. The AFFC is a collectively produced virtual film festival, screening independent Arab cinema for audiences across the United States.

The History of Sudanese Film

The history of Sudanese cinema is like that of many other SWANA nations, too long determined by the lasting effects of colonialism, political unrest, and public suppression. Yet, nonetheless, it reveals the resiliency of SWANA societies and the richness of our cultures and experiences. A retracing of the history of Sudanese cinema reveals that Sudanese filmmakers fought government repression both foreign and national. Today it is Sudan’s culture that informs modern day storytelling and technology is developing to support a…

Recent reviews

This new film by Leyla Bouzid will be available April 7-17 through the 2022 Arab Film Fest Collab!

Grab your early bird tickets and see the full lineup of Arab features, documentaries and shorts here:

Ladies and gentlemen, the opening night film for the 25th Arab Film Festival!

November 18 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco--

Tickets here: