Arab Film Festival

  • California


3739 Balboa Street
San Francisco
United States

About Us

The mission of the Arab Film Festival (AFF) is to enhance public understanding of Arab culture and to provide alternative representations of Arabs that contradict the stereotypical images frequently encountered in the American mass media. The Arab Film Festival screens films from and about the Arab World that provide realistic perspectives on Arab people, culture, art, history and politics.

Established in 1996 as the first in the US, the Arab Film Festival (AFF) is the largest independent annual showcase of Arab films and filmmakers in the country. The Festival has an international standing and is considered one of the most important Arab film festivals outside the Arab world. The AFF strives to present the best of contemporary films that illuminate Arab lives through authentic narratives and images and provide insight into the beauty and complexity of the Arab world. It offers the Greater Bay Area the unprecedented access to the diversity and range of authentic Arab experiences seen through Arab eyes.