Mizna is a leading Twin Cities Arab arts organization, and starting next week, they’re annual Arab Film Festival returns, in coordination with the Film Society of MSP.
The festival is a great opportunity to see cinema from the Arab world, and explore the Arab American experience through the artistic vision of local, national and international filmmakers. According to Mizna, “this year our project feels more urgent than ever, programming serves a response to national and international policies that target the lives of immigrants and refugees, while also tackling the global threat of xenophobia and Islamophobia.”
It’s a great event to have in MSP, and if you’re around, go see some films. Most of these movies are not in distribution and this’ll be the only shot you have to see them.
The festival runs September 27 to October 1, and passes are available ($50 for all access, $35 for a 6-pack).
Here’s the schedule. The FSMSP press release is below.
The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul is hosting of Mizna’s 12th Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, September 27 to October 1, showing at the Film Society’s St. Anthony Main screen #3 and the Walker Art Center. Tickets are available at the Film Society’s Arab Film Festival page.
The Twin Cities Arab Film Festival is a chance to see thoughtfully curated films from Arab and Arab American filmmakers. Established in 2003, the Arab Film Festival has featured local debuts of independent narrative and documentary features and short films from more than fifteen countries. Over its twelve editions, Mizna’s festival has created a necessary space in the Twin Cities for Arab and Muslim filmmakers to tell their stories in beautiful and innovative ways.
This year, the 12th Twin Cities Arab Film Festival is more urgent than ever, as programming serves as a response to national and international policies that target the lives of immigrants and refugees, while also tackling the global threat of xenophobia and Islamophobia. The Arab Film Fest will open at the Walker Art Center and continue at the Film Society’s screen #3 at St. Anthony Main, showing more than thirty films from Palestine, Tunisia, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, and Iraq, as well as those from local Arab Filmmakers and will host visiting filmmakers from Egypt and New York. For the third year, Mizna will be awarding juried prizes for films in the categories of Best Narrative, Best Documentary, and Best Short, and will continue the Best Audience Award based on audience votes.
Please visit the Film Society website for the full schedule of Mizna’s 12th Twin Cities Arab Film Festival: http://mspfilm.org/m