25th Arab Film Festival (Nov. 18-24)
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Castro Theater, Roxie Theater, Virtual Screenings | San Francisco
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This year, the 25th annual Arab Film Festival will take place November 18 to 24 in San Francisco, and stream online November 19 to 28, with its first in person event since 2019. The festival will feature 54 Arab films, beginning with the Palestinian film Amira by Mohamed Diab as its opening night feature at the Castro Theatre. The festival will also feature its first Virtual Reality program. In addition to Amira, the Arab Film Festival will feature 53 other films, from groundbreaking shorts to full-length features, 29 of which are directed by women. These films represent 18 different countries, highlighting prominent themes and connections within Arab culture. Seven different shorts programs also offer spotlights on Iraqi cinema, Lebanese films, women-directed documentaries, queer lens and more. Special programming will also include the organization’s first Virtual Reality program and Made in Qatar Shorts in partnership with the Doha Film Institute. Though the events will be held in person, the entire lineup of films will be available online in North America. Three different passes offer virtual and present attendees access to events and films, with prices starting at $60. To see the different options and learn more about the featured films, visit https://aff2021.eventive.org/schedule.