Arab Film Festival Rotterdam - location, dates, screenings

Arab Film Festival Rotterdam - location, dates, screenings

HAPPENING 30 MAY–2 JUNE | The Arab Film Festival in Rotterdam (AFF) highlights the Arab world from all sides: daily life and politics, but especially the beauty, art, culture and zest for life of the people who live there. 

The Arab Film Festival, now in its 24th edition, has announced its schedule for 2024, from May 30 to June 2. The event promises an in-depth exploration of the Middle East and North Africa through its cinematic productions, portraying diverse societal themes. View the entire Arab Film Festival program on the Arab Film Festival website.
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Venues and special programming

The festival will be hosted across several venues in Rotterdam, including LantarenVenster, Verhalenhuis Belvedère, and Pathé Schouwburgplein. A special programme will also take place on the Cruiseferry Silja Europe docked in Merwehaven, enhancing the festival's immersive experience.

International guests and featured films

Notable attendees will include Ahmed Helmy from Egypt and Bushra, highlighting the festival’s international reach. Opening performances will feature Leila Al Bayaty’s "From Abdul to Leila", and other films like "Hajjan" and "Deserts" will be screened, both acclaimed for their storytelling and visual artistry.

Broad array of films and discussions

The festival's lineup includes films like "Backstage", "Goodbye Julia", and "Behind the Mountains", covering a broad spectrum from short films to documentaries. It also serves as a platform for discussions on current issues, such as the situation in Palestine and Israel, and the role of artificial intelligence in filmmaking.

Special events and ladies night

A Ladies Night is scheduled for June 1, featuring the film "Flight 404" along with pre-show activities such as Arabic music, Moroccan tea, and henna designs, creating a culturally rich atmosphere for attendees.

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