Arab films head Down Under
The Arab Film Festival Australia aims to showcase stories from Arabic-speaking peoples to diverse Australian audiences, reflecting the complexity and diversity of Arab experiences.
A primary aim is to address the (mis)representations of Arab peoples and cultures by providing critical spaces to present alternative representations of Arab subjects, cultures and narratives.
The festival was first launched in 2001 and usually travels to Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra screening movies from the Arab World as well as films from other countries that reflect on the region.
In over a decade, the festival has managed to grow and has gained a large audience and the support of many partners. Each year it presents the works of Arab filmmakers to over 18,000 people.
Last year's festival took place between 12 and 15 July, and among Egyptian movies screened were Asmaa by Amr Salama, Fly Over Egypt by Wesam Nassar, and Cairo 678 by Mohamed Diab.
This year, the festival will take place between 27 June and 17 July. The organisers are accepting entries until 1 March.
For more details please check the festival's website.