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2008 Aff—Michael Hawley’s Preview

14 October 2008 10:52 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

New York, Seattle, Toronto and even Minneapolis have all started their own Arab Film Festivals in recent years.  But the fact remains that the first, the biggest and—dare I say—the best North American festival of films from the Arab-speaking world and its Diaspora remains right here in the Bay Area.  Now in its 12th year, the 2008 Arab Film Festival ("Aff") begins this Thursday, October 16 and continues at various venues in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose through October 28.  More than 70 features and shorts from 15 countries will be screened, including works from such rarely heard from countries as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and Yemen.

This year’s opening night festivities will once again take place at San Francisco’s Castro Theater.  The evening begins with the presentation of the 2nd annual Noor Awards (Noor being the Arab word for light), with cash prizes being given to directors of the fest’s Best Feature, »

- Michael Guillen

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