ANA: Contemporary Arab Cinema

The rich texture and history of Arab life and culture have become lost to us amid the screaming headlines, regional turmoil, and 24-hour news cycle. That’s why I’m so excited to welcome back curator Lina Matta, who returns from Dubai to present her third annual series of the best in new Arab cinema. The 12 films she’s selected—which include many award-winners and a US premiere—take us behind the fog of misconceptions to reveal a vibrant, changing Arab world.

—JBFC Programming Director Brian Ackerman

Lina Matta 


A Lebanese-American based in Dubai, Lina Matta is a filmmaker and the Senior Channel Manager
of MBC 2, MBC 4, MBC Max, and MBC Variety. She is cofounder of Brown Hats Productions, a
New York independent production and digital media company.

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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