Arab Film Festival Australia
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 filmmaking 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 also 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 filmmakers via a multilingual festival bringing inspired Arab stories from around the world to life on Australian screens. GET INVOLVED AND VOLUNTEER during the festival. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your information (name, telephone number and email address) and general availability during the festival and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND DONATIONS are tax deductable as the Festival is supported by the not-for-profit charitable organisation Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE). Contact us at email@example.com to make a donation of any kind or if you would like to be a sponsor.