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Arabian Sights 2014

The 19th Annual Arabian Sights Film Festival wrapped up on November 9 with a sold out crowd for the closing film Certified Halal (Algeria/France). Director Mahmoud Zemmouri and Producer Marie-Laurence Attias were present to greet the audience and discuss the film following the screening. The festival concluded with a Closing Night Reception, where Algerian wine and sweets were offered, courtesy of the Embassy of Algeria.

The Arabian Sights Film Festival enjoyed a huge success this year with a total attendance of 2,000.

Thank you to everyone who attended, volunteered, voted, and supported this year’s Arabian Sights Film Festival. A special thanks to our guests Mahmoud Zemmouri, Marie-Laurence Attias and Amin Dora, for being present for their films and the discussions that followed.

Check out our festival pictures to recapture the wonderful moments throughout the festival. We look forward to seeing you next year!

Audience Award

The 2014 Arabian Sights Audience Award was presented to Ghadi (Lebanon) directed by Amin Dora. Mr. Dora was delighted with the news and stated, "It was a wonderful experience to be in Washington, DC and meeting the beautiful audience. Winning the Arabian Sights Audience Award means a lot to me and I look forward to return with my second film." Ghadi is also selected as Lebanon’s entry to the Academy Awards®.