The Arab Film Festival in Australia is back for another year of features, docos and award-winning shorts from across the Arab world. It will first hit the Riverside Theatres in Parramatta from August 17 through 20, then Cinema Nova in Melbourne from August 25 through 27.
The festival will kick off in both cities with an opening night screening of Mahbas, a Lebanese culture clash comedy from first time filmmaker Sophie Boutros. Other standouts across the 11-film repertoire include Gaza Surf Club, a documentary from Palestine about surfers on the beaches in Gaza, and Ali, The Goat and Ibrahim, an Egyptian road movie about two friends (and a goat).
Sydneysiders will also get a second chance to catch a screening of Ali's Wedding ahead of its nationwide release on August 31. The critically acclaimed comedy from writer/star Osamah Sami was our pick for best film at this year's Sydney Film Festival.
After Melbourne, the festival will head to Canberra from September 1 through 2, then wrap up at Perth on September 9. To see the full program and schedule, head over here.