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Celebrating Arab Americans in Television

While Arab Americans have long been absent from both silver and small screens, there seems to be more and more exciting shows, stars and creators on the rise in recent years, ready to bring their stories to life. In light of the reveal of this year’s Emmy nominations, let’s take time to celebrate Arab Americans in television!

Costa Brava, Lebanon opens July 15th in NYC!

COSTA BRAVA, LEBANON captures the joys and frustrations of a close-knit family with an intimacy that feels startlingly natural, and sets them against a sharply drawn backdrop of environmental crisis. In the not-so-distant future, the free-spirited Badri family have escaped the toxic pollution and social unrest of Beirut by seeking refuge in an idyllic mountain home. Without warning, the government starts to build a garbage landfill right outside their fence, intruding on their domestic utopia and bringing the trash and…

Queer Arab Films to Watch during Pride Month

It’s June, which means it’s LGBTQ Pride Month! This is a time to celebrate people of all sexual orientations and genders. Here at AFMI, we are of course celebrating by watching movies. People are often surprised to learn that queer Arab films and filmmakers openly exist, but they most certainly do and this misconception makes it all the more important that we acknowledge and celebrate them. To celebrate Pride, we have compiled a list of Arab films that tackle the stories…

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…

Talkback with Director Elia Suleiman

Catch our live conversation with award-winning, Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman, moderated by AFMI's Director of Film Programming Yasmina Tawil. Make sure to catch his four feature films streaming now for free as part of the Elia Suleiman Retrospective, in partnership with the Arab American National Museum, ArteEast, Doha Film Institute and Qatar Museums.