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October 16 - 25

Arabian Sights Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary This Year

Over the years, we have brought the best new cinema from and about the Arab World to over 40,000 attendees. Since 1996 Arabian Sights has presented in the Washington, DC Area:

  • Over 200 Films

  • 24 American Premieres

  • Films from 16 Arab Countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

  • 37 Special Guests, including:
    • Khairy Bishara, director of Ice Cream in Gleam (Egypt)
    • Yousry Nasrallah, director of The Door to the Sun and The Aquarium (Egypt)
    • Moumen Smihi, director of Moroccan Chronicles and Tanjaoui (Morocco)
    • Hany Abu-Assad, director of Rana’s Wedding and Ford Transit (Palestine)
    • Ruba Nadda, director of Sabah (Canada)
    • Dr. Jack Shaheen, presentation on Reel Bad Arabs (USA)
    • Mohamed al-Daradji, director of Ahlaam and Son of Babylon (Iraq)
    • Mai Masri, director of Beirut Diaries: Truth, Lies and Videos and 33 Days (Lebanon)
    • Ali Mostafa, director of City of Life (UAE)
    • Khaled Abol Naga, star of Microphone and Villa 69 (Egypt)

We cannot wait to share this year’s film selection with you!

Check back for additional information on all of the 


Red Satin, directed by Raja Amar, Arabian Sights 2003

Captain Abu Raed, directed by Amin Matalqa, Arabian Sights 2008

Slingshot Hip Hop, directed by Jackie Reem Salloum, Arabian Sights 2008

The Source, directed by Radu Mihaileanu, Arabian Sights 2012