Seattle Arab Film Festival 2020 – Strong Female Lead [Online]

View this program any time from
Aug. 29 – Sep. 1, 2020

Sliding scale admission: $0–25

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Northwest Film Forum is SCREENING ONLINE! NWFF’s physical space is temporarily closed in light of public health concerns around COVID-19, but community, dialogue, and education through media arts WILL persist.

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Featuring the work of visionary emerging and established Arab filmmakers, this year’s iteration of the Seattle Arab Film Festival includes a wide variety of remarkable short and feature films. Films are grouped into four themes: In the Diaspora, Youth in Focus, Family and Culture, and Strong Female Lead. Each theme includes films that are at once startling and generous, passionate and empathetic, electrifying and familiar. Through the eyes of masterful filmmakers, audiences will encounter a diversity of Arab stories, circumstances, histories, visions, and voices.




Highlighting the resilience, creativity, and irrepressible joy of Arab women, this series features characters confronting tradition, challenging expectations, and championing their loved ones.

In This Program:


(Gilbert Karam, Lebanon, 10 min)

After the curtain falls at the end of a musical play in one of the most prestigious theaters in Beirut, Aida, the very well-known actress, leaves the stage to face an uncertain reality.


(Jaylan Auf, Egypt, 12 min)

On her 10th birthday a mother accompanies her daughter to the doctor and trauma from her own childhood reemerges.


(Yusuf Noaman, Egypt, 15 min)

A poor lady decides to enjoy a day out with her son who suffers from Down syndrome. She heads to classy Cairo towns to enjoy some ice cream, but encounters a great struggle. Despite this, she insists on capturing a happy moment for herself and her son.


(Amal Al-Muftah, Qatar, 13 min)

In a small coastal village, a young girl longs to join her father and brother out at sea. After her mother begins to tell her stories about the stars, the girl takes matters into her own hands.

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