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The Arab Film Festival returns to Sydney and promises to delight and educate film festival enthusiasts with a culturally diverse program consisting of nine features and five short films. Festival co-directors Fadia Abboud and Mouna Zaylah are excited to be bringing these fine films to the big screen. “This year there were 100 films submitted […]

Arab Film Festival 2014

The Arab Film Festival returns to Sydney, showcasing a selection of the best films from a region which is under constant social and political instability. The festival boasts 11 quality dramas, short films and documentaries from Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine and co-productions with the US. The complexities of life in these countries are fully […]

Warring film festivals

Against a backdrop of increasing tension over the Israeli invasion of Gaza, the 11th Israeli Film Festival and the 14th Arab Film Festival will overlap during the last two weeks of August. Each festival can expect to be surrounded by controversy, with activist groups from across the political spectrum likely organising protests to contest both. […]


The messy aftermath of the political revolution of Egypt is played out in After the Battle the Arab Film Festival's opening night film. Directed by Yousry Nasrallah, the film centres on Mahmoud, a lower-class man who tries desperately to provide for his family, but is ostracised in his own neighbourhood for his involvement in the […]

The 11th Arab Film Festival Australia

The Arab Film Festival is dedicated to engaging Australian audiences with Arab stories and perspectives. This year it’s screening some powerful stories with the Arab Spring as a prominent theme. There are also strong female voices in the films exploring the traditional roles assigned to women and how they survive or overcome them. NO MORE […]