Arab Film Nights
Apr
11
to Aug 8

Arab Film Nights

The Arab Film and Media Institute and Reem's are partnering to bring some of our favorite Arab films to Oakland. Join us for our monthly Arab Movie Nights at Reem's! Screenings are free + the amazing team at Reem's will be serving the full menu throughout the evening, and wine and beer are available for purchase as well. And that's not all! There will be movie snacks (including za'atar popcorn!) and happy hour pricing on wine and beer all night.

See below for a full schedule and descriptions of films and choose which nights you want to attend!


March 21: Speed Sisters
Bold, fearless and tearing up tracks across the West Bank: meet Palestine's first all-female racing car team. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, Speed Sisters sheds light on the rivalries within the team, the pressures the women feel from their communities, and their drive to go further and faster than anyone thought they could.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNC9FAtHkyU

April 11: Refugee Stories
Far from a one-size-fits-all marking of “experience” so often depicted on Western media outlets when it comes to the plight of the refugee, this program of 5 powerful short documentaries spotlight the multitude of hues that should be considered when discussions of the refugee experience are had.

May 23: Shorts (Playful Pondering)
From dating drama in Bahrain and an abandoned Qatari cinemaplex, to wacky Lebanese nuns and land mine explosions, this eclectic mix of 6 whimsical, albeit socially-concerned short format narrative works will take viewers on a journey of humor, self-discovery, and provocation.

June 13: Seventeen
The Jordanian under-17 women’s soccer team prepares for the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup, hosted by Jordan in 2016. Coming from different backgrounds, each of the girls has faced a different set of challenges as a national team player. But now they come together to face their biggest challenge yet.

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About the Arab Film and Media Institute:
AFMI is a non profit organization founded by the team behind the largest and oldest Arab Film Festival in North America. AFMI aims to be a complete ecosystem to find, nurture, and showcase Arab talent in the United States. Starting with organizing school screenings, and growing into offering filmmaker services and original programming, AFMI is the place for Arab cinema and its fans, and the home of the Arab Film Festival.

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Reem's for Bay Area Girls Rock Camp: Brunch Fundraisers
Apr
14
to May 19

Reem's for Bay Area Girls Rock Camp: Brunch Fundraisers

Join us for Sunday brunch at Reem's to support Bay Area Girls Rock Camp!

Live performances from youth bands and brunch served from 10am-3pm!

Reem's will donate 10% of our brunch sales to support Bay Area Girls Rock Camp.

See below for a schedule of bands:
March 24: Little Debbie and the Crusaders
April 14: Citrea
May 19: TBA


About Bay Area Girls Rock Camp:
The Bay Area Girls Rock Camp (BAGRC) is a nonprofit organization which empowers girls and non binary youth through music, promoting an environment that fosters self-confidence, creativity and teamwork. BAGRC challenges gender stereotypes, encourage collaboration and tolerance among peers, and provide a comfortable space for people of all backgrounds to express themselves. Through music lessons, workshops, group activities and performance, girls acquire skills that will help guide them throughout their lives.

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Azoumeh: An Arab Dinner Party
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

Azoumeh: An Arab Dinner Party

Azoumeh literally translates to "dinner party" in Arabic, but more than that, it is an occasion where people are invited over to share a special meal, whether it is for a wedding, an engagment, or even graduation. It is a way to share joy with the community around you, and on most occasions, if it's big enough, the doors will be open to anyone passing by to come in and partake in the celebration. Most of the time, meals cooked for an azoumeh are special foods only enjoyed on such unique occasions.

With this series of pop-up dinners, we want to recreate that space of joy and togetherness that comes with gathering around a communal meal. For those far from home, we want to bring a sense of home and belonging here to the Bay Area.

For this Azoumeh we will be serving Maqloubeh! Maqloubeh literally translates to "flipped upside down." The name comes from the way the dish is presented in which we flip the pot full of rice, veggies, meat and yummy goodness upside down on a big platter. Maqloubeh comes in many diffrent versions; we will be serving the version made with rice with cauliflower, potatoes, carrots and chicken, as well as a a vegetarian option, served with our classic Arabic salad and yogurt. Maqlubeh is mainly a Palestinian dish but can be found throught the Levant. For dessert we will offer Mamoul Madd. Mamoul is a stuffed cookie traditionally served on holidays.

Get your tickets here!

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Conversations from the Palestinian Kitchen w/Yasmin Khan & Reem Assil
Feb
17
7:00 PM19:00

Conversations from the Palestinian Kitchen w/Yasmin Khan & Reem Assil

Reem’s is excited to host a special evening to celebrate the US release of Zaitoun: Recipes and Stories from the Palestinian Kitchen with an intimate dinner featuring recipes from the cookbook and a conversation about Palestinian culture and politics between author Yasmin Khan and Palestinian chef & activist Reem Assil. 

Tickets on sale here

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Azoumeh: An Arab Dinner Party
Feb
4
7:00 PM19:00

Azoumeh: An Arab Dinner Party

Azoumeh literally translates to "dinner party" in Arabic, but more than that, it is an occasion where people are invited over to share a special meal, whether it is for a wedding, an engagment, or even graduation. It is a way to share joy with the community around you, and on most occasions, if it's big enough, the doors will be open to anyone passing by to come in and partake in the celebration. Most of the time, meals cooked for an azoumeh are special foods only enjoyed on such unique occasions.

With this series of pop-up dinners, we want to recreate that space of joy and togetherness that comes with gathering around a communal meal. For those far from home, we want to bring a sense of home and belonging here to the Bay Area.

For this azoumeh, we will share the dish that is almost guaranteed to be served at most Jordanian and Palestinian azoumehs: mansaf. The origins of mansaf come from the bedouin tribes who dweled in the deserts of the Levant, mainly in what is now Syria, Jordan and Palestine. Mansaf is a dish made of rice and lamb braised in jameed -- aged dried, yogurt that is rehydrated to form a rich sauce. This meal will feature jameed imported directly from Jordan (Karak). In addition to serving mansaf, we will have a small class on the etiquette of eating this celebration dish. True to traditional azoumeh style, meals will be served family style, and guests are encouraged to serve one another, pass dishes, joke, and converse.

Menu:

Maqdous pickled stuffed eggplant

Fresh-baked pita

Assorted house-made pickles & olives

Mansaf

Knafeh

Arabic tea



Disclaimer: Mansaf is known to induce food comas, so don't make any ambitious plans for after the azoumeh!

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Drink Perfect Launch Party
Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

Drink Perfect Launch Party

Come celebrate the launch of Drink Perfect and watch the Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks at Reem’s!

Drink Perfect is a mobile app that gives you a $5 discount on your first drink of each day in any venue on the app for only $8.95/month. You will receive unlimited complimentary drinks with purchase of the drink perfect membership that night.

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Kindred 4th Fridays @ Reem's
Sep
28
6:00 PM18:00

Kindred 4th Fridays @ Reem's

A series of parties right here on our courtyard in the beautiful Fruitvale!

Reem's is partnering with local organizations and causes and will donate 5% of the proceeds from each party to them. Enjoy these summer evenings with DJ Baagi and Kiwi Illafonte.

Check out the schedule below:
June 22, 6-9pm: Reem's Bakery One Year Anniversary Celebration
July 27. 6-9pm Benefit for Critical Resistance
August 24, 6-9pm: Fundraiser for Cat Brooks For Oakland
September 28, 6-9pm: Benefit for the Palestine Action Network

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Tasting Menu: Chef's Hawker Centre Festival
Jul
19
7:00 PM19:00

Tasting Menu: Chef's Hawker Centre Festival

Experience an Asian night market at the museum produced by “Top Chef” contestant Tu David Phu. Phu has been creating these Chef’s Hawker Centre pop-ups, which he calls “platforms to celebrate Asian American culture through food,” around the country as a way to bring people together and find commonalities. For this pop-up, we’re coming together for a night filled with bold creative, cuisine by Bay Area chefs, innovative beverages and music by guest DJs Anne-Mary Pham and Jonathan Reyes.

Participating chefs include Francis Ang (Pinoy Heritage), Jason Angeles (Frozen Kuhsterd), Reem Assil (Reem's), Richgail Enriquez (AstigVegan), Mariko Grady (Aedan Fermented), Deuki Hong (Sunday at the Museum), Shawn Naputi (Prubechu), Jake Rosenbush (Hardwood Bar & Smokery), Hanif Sadr (Komaaj) and Nite Yun (Nyum Bai).
 

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