Arab Film Festival 2013


The 10th Arab Film Festival Australia will share the stories and culture of the Arab world with the Australian audience when it screens an impressive program of 6 Feature films and 5 Short films from 10 countries. The Festival will run from 27 June to 14 July 2013, opening in Sydney then followed by a tour to Canberra and Melbourne.

Growing side by side with the international renaissance of Arab screen culture and film production, the Arab Film Festival Australia showcases the resurgence of Arab film-making and storytelling by screening high quality films that would not otherwise be seen by Australian audiences. The Festival thus provides an invaluable regional, state and national platform for these films to be seen. 

The Arab Film Festival Australia aims to address contemporary misrepresentations of Arab peoples and cultures by reflecting the complexity and diversity of Arab experiences, and providing a critical space presenting alternative representations of Arab subjects, cultures and narratives on screen. A community-managed cultural event, the Festival supports freedom of thought, expression and information, as well as diversity of screen media to enable democratic cultural expression to flourish.

This year we celebrate the 10th edition of the Arab Film Festival Australia, having begun in 2001 at the Roxy Theatre in Parramatta. The Festival remains as culturally current and vital now as it was then. While Arabic is still the second most-spoken language in NSW after English (Census 2011), it continues to retain a marginal place in the culture of the state. The Festival addresses this under-representation by amplifying the voices and visions of Arab film-makers via a multilingual festival bringing inspired Arab stories from around the world to life on Australian screens.

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  • After the Battle + Opening Night Party

    27 Jun 2013
    Riverside Theatre
    Opening Night Party + a film that pulls you straight into the heart of Cairo's street fighting.
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  • Sleepless Nights

    28 Jun 2013
    Lennox Theatre
    Follows the stories of Shaftari, an ex-high-ranking leader in a Christian militia.
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  • Ghosts of Deir Yassin

    28 Jun 2013
    Lennox Theatre
    A statement about the Palestinian right of return and the hopes determination of the Palestinian refugees.
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  • In My Mother’s Arms

    29 Jun 2013
    Lennox Theatre
    This documentary follows Husham, who scouring the streets for homeless children.
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  • A World Not Ours

    29 Jun 2013
    Lennox Theatre
    Immerses us in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Helweh (‘Sweet Spring’) in Lebanon.
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  • Baghdad Messi

    29 Jun 2013
    Lennox Theatre
    Hamoudi has lost one leg, but that doesn’t stop him playing football, until he’s sacked from the team...
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  • Abu Nawas Kingdom

    29 Jun 2013
    Lennox Theatre
    A tale about the original storyteller, Scheherazade, as she searches for Shahryār in her new home, Australia.
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  • The Repentant

    30 Jun 2013
    Lennox Theatre
    Rashid, a jihadist leaves the mountains to surrender his weapon on the promise of a government amnesty.
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  • Sanctity

    30 Jun 2013
    Lennox Theatre
    Areej, a pregnant, young Saudi widow, becomes a drug dealer to protect her unborn child.
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