Wednesday, October 1, 2014

19th Annual Arabian Sights Film Festival Announces Lineup

The American premiere of CERTIFIED HALAL is this year's Closing Night event

From our friends at Arabian Sights...

The 19th annual Arabian Sights Film Festival is pleased to announce a diverse selection of the newest and most captivating films from today’s Arab world. Films are American and Washington, DC premieres, and are screened with English subtitles. This year’s festival includes...

ABD EL KADER: Algeria (North American Premiere)

CERTIFIED HALAL: Algeria/France (American Premiere)

CHALLAT OF TUNIS: France/Tunisia 

GHADI: Lebanon (North American Premiere)

GIRAFFADA: France/Germany/Italy/Palestine 

THE PROOF: Algeria/France (American Premiere)

ROCK THE CASBAH: France/Morocco
Winner of the Signis Award at Filmfest DC

SOTTO VOCE: Morocco/United Arab Emirates
Best Film Award Tangiers Film Festival
Best Original Music Award Tangiers Film Festival
Best Sound Award Tangiers Film Festival
Best Film Award African Cinema Festival of Khouribga

VILLA 69: Egypt
Special Jury Award - Abu Dhabi Film Festival
Best Directorial debut - Egyptian Film Association Festival
Best Actor Award - Egyptian Film Association Festival
Best Supporting Actor Award - Egyptian Film Association Festival 
Best Supporting Actress Award - Egyptian Film Association Festival

WHY: The Arabian Sights Film Festival showcases films demonstrating the range and commitment of directors telling engaging stories while exploring issues facing the Arab region. The festival highlights quality cinema from a region often overlooked in mainstream American theaters. It is a constantly dynamic event with select directors present at their screenings to lend insight to the filmmaking process. Arabian Sights is presented by the Washington, DC International Film Festival.

WHEN: November 1 through November 9, 2014

WHERE: Screenings will be held at AMC Mazza Gallerie (5300 Wisconsin Ave., NW), the Embassy of France (4101 Reservoir Road, NW), and the Goethe-Institut (812 7th St., NW).

COST: $12 per person unless otherwise noted. Discount Package - 9 tickets for $90 (not including closing night or special events). All tickets can be purchased on our website,, or at Advanced purchases are subject to a convenience fee.

MORE INFORMATION: A complete slate release with updates on additional special events and guests, as well as descriptions, sponsors, and schedule will follow in early October. For more information visit

SPONSORS: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee; Center for Contemporary Arab Studies Georgetown University; Georgetown Design Group; The Jerusalem Fund; Sahouri Insurance & Finance; Turkish Airlines; University of the District of Columbia; Embassy of France; Modus Hotels, The Official Hotel of Filmfest DC.

Click here to download this year's festival catalog.