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September 28, 2017, Thursday – Twin Cities Arab Film Festival at St. Anthony Main Theatre (thru Oct 1)

Mizna Twin Cities Arab Film FestSeptember 28 – October 1

Location: St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main Street SE

Mizna presents the twelfth Twin Cities Arab Film Festival in partnership with the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul.

Established in 2003, the Arab Film Festival has featured local debuts of independent narrative and documentary features and short films from more than fifteen countries. Over its twelve editions, our festival has created a necessary space in the Twin Cities for Arab and Muslim filmmakers to tell their stories in beautiful and innovative ways. The festival seeks to provide Arab American and Arab film artists support and exposure, build the local Arab American community, and present to the general public the diverse ways in which Arabs view themselves and the world they live in through the powerful and accessible medium of film. For the larger audience, the festival provides the chance to encounter Arab / Arab American communities on their own terms, revealing the heterogeneity of Arab peoples, and providing a rich, complex, and true source of cultural understanding. Films in the festival are, for the most part, not in wide distribution, and are therefore otherwise unavailable to Twin Cities audiences. This year our project feels more urgent than ever, as our programming serves a response to national and international policies that target the lives of immigrants and refugees, while also tackling the global threat of xenophobia and Islamophobia.

Mizna is a local Arab arts organization that has excelled for the past 18 years in diversifying the Twin Cities’ artistic and intellectual life, weaving necessary voices and stories into our collective public sphere. With our signature literary journal (Mizna: Prose, Poetry, and Art Exploring Arab America), the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, and other arts programming, we are a nationally recognized platform for contemporary Arab American expression and its place in the American experience.