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2021 San Diego Arab Film Festival


  • WHEN Multiple dates from Jun 5 - Jun 19, 2021[days & times]
  • WHERE Museum of Photographic Arts , 1649 El Prado, San Diego
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST $12 - $60

The San Diego Arab Film Festival is back for 2021 with a hybrid festival: live, in-person feature film showings at the Museum of Photographic Arts combined with an online offering of short films. Both the in-person and on-line presentations begin on June 5.

The Festival program showcases 6 feature films and 15 short films from across the Arab World. The Festival is proud to present the first film from Sudan ever submitted to the Oscars, Oscar submitted films from Morocco and Lebanon, as well as a range of films from and about Palestine, Egypt, UAE, Qatar Iraq, France, USA, and UK that have been well received at international festivals around the world.

In-person screenings will follow the COVID protocols in place at the time, but we expect that those protocols will include wearing masks and limiting attendance to 50% of theater capacity.

Tickets are on sale now at, including individual films at $15 (Discounted to $12 for students), 3-ticket packages for $40 and Festival passes for $60.

Feature Films

The Festival opens with the Palestinian drama "Between Heaven and Earth" directed by Najwa Najjar. The following nights will showcase 3 Oscar submissions: Sudan’s first ever submission "You Will Die" at 20 directed by Amjad Abu Alala, Morocco’s "The Unknown Saint" directed by Alaa Eddine Aljem and Lebanon’s "The Broken Keys" directed by Jimmy Keyrouz. From the Arab Diaspora (France, Algeria) the Festival will present "Honey Cigar" directed by Kamir Ainouz. The Festival will close with the Palestinian film "200 Meters" directed by Ameen Nayfeh.

Short Films: Stream Online

This year the Festival offers 15 films from across the Arab world and the Diaspora representing a range of styles and genres, including narrative drama and comedy, documentary, animated and experimental films. These films can be streamed at The final lineup is still being finalized and will be announced soon!

Films that have been screened at Cannes and Venice have already confirmed, and more are being added every day. They will be available for viewing at your leisure beginning on June 5.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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