Growing side by side with the international renaissance of Arab screen culture and film production, the Arab Film Festival Australia showcases the resurgence of Arab filmmaking and storytelling by screening high quality films that would not otherwise be seen by Australian audiences. The Festival thus provides an invaluable regional, state and national platform for these films to be seen.
The Arab Film Festival Australia also aims to address contemporary misrepresentations of Arab peoples and cultures by reflecting the complexity and diversity of Arab experiences, and providing a critical space presenting alternative representations of Arab subjects, cultures and narratives on screen. A community-managed cultural event, the Festival supports freedom of thought, expression and information, as well as diversity of screen media to enable democratic cultural expression to flourish.
17 August – 3 September 2017: Sydney Melbourne Canberra