The 18th Annual Arab Film Festival was held throughout the San Francisco Bay Area October 10-23, then continued to Los Angeles and San Diego in November. This video wraps a memorable evening at the Castro Theatre, for the Opening Night screening of "May in the Summer" with filmmaker Cherien Dabis in attendance.
The Arab Film Festival is the largest independent annual showcase of Arab films and filmmakers in the country. The festival has an international standing and is considered one of the most important Arab film festivals outside the Arab world. It strives to present the best contemporary films that provide insight into the beauty, complexity and diversity of the Arab world alongside realistic perspectives on Arab people, culture, art, history and politics.