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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.