ANA: Contemporary Arab Cinema

The rich texture and history of Arab life and culture has become lost to us behind the screaming headlines of geopolitics and the 24-hour news cycle. That’s why I’m so excited to welcome back curator Lina Matta, who returns from Dubai for the second year to present another series of the best in new Arab cinema. The 12 films she’s selected—which include many award-winners and six US premieres—take us behind the fog of misconceptions to reveal a vibrant, changing Arab world, full of drama and surprise.

JBFC Programming Director Brian Ackerman


Lina Matta

Guest Curator Lina Matta will introduce every screening.

A Lebanese-American based in Dubai, Lina Matta is a filmmaker and the channel manager of three MBC (Middle East Broadcasting Corporation) networks. She is cofounder of Brown Hats Productions, a new York independent production and digital media company with two award-winning documentaries to its credit.

This series celebrates award-winning films from the Arab world, shining a light on the people of this region through the work of the talented directors who are bringing their stories to the screen. Contemporary Arab Cinema logo

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