Hey, it looks like we have two really good film festivals coming up, along with a fundraiser.
The Arab Film Festival (www.aff.org)
Cinemayaat was created in 1996 to showcase independent filmmakers working with Arab themes, to strengthen the Arab community identity through the arts, explore the nature of ethnic prejudice, and to provide a forum for Arab Americans to engage in dialogue with other communities. The movies shown during the festival provide insightful and innovative perspectives on Arab people, culture, art, history and politics. In 2004 the festival will run from October 2nd through October 24th in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. This year, for the first time ever, the Arab Film Festival, in conjunction with the Arab Cultural and Community Center-ACCC (www.arabculturalcenter.org) will host a joint party at Club NV in San Francisco on September 16th. The purpose of the event is fourfold; to launch an event that will raise funds for the AFF and the ACCC; to provide a venue for the Arab community and all people interested in Arab culture to meet, have socialize and build a stronger community; to promote the Arab Film Festival and the programs of the Arab Cultural & Community Center. During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to socialize, dance and visit stations that provide a taste of the Arab world. The stations will feature Arabic food and desserts, Henna tattoos and a Hooka lounge just to name a few. Attendees will also be able to learn the Dabkeh, a traditional Arab line dance.
… and the Jewish Film Festival (www.sfjff.org)
What do Jamaican cricket players, Jewish boxing managers, Israeli and Palestinian rappers, Delroy Lindo, Jack Benny, Rod Steiger and Ethel Rosenberg have in common? They're all featured in films at the 24th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.
Get the Big Picture with over forty international features, independent documentaries, classics, revivals, shorts, and thought-provoking guests and panels. The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival screens at a theater near you from July 22 – August 9, 2004. Box office open now. Discounted tickets for seniors, students,
groups, and weekday matinee fans. For your tickets or a program, call 925.275.9490 or visit www.sfjff.org .