It was an amazing weekend for the Arab Film Festival Australia with the 2016 program kicking off in Sydney last Thursday. The Festival was lucky enough to host the charming Assad Fouladkar who had flown in from Beirut to introduce his film, Halal Love. Assad also joined AFFA at Riverside on Saturday afternoon for an in conversation, which was a great chance to get up close and personal with the talented director.
The Bearded Bakers were once again on site at Riverside, pumping out the tunes and their famous knafeh. And the gorgeous AFFA audience didn’t disappoint, bringing their signature styles and bling! It was great to see so many familiar faces as well as a bunch of new ones.
On Sunday AFFA had local director Shahin Alanezi there to introduce his short film, Home, which screened before the Palestinian documentary Roshmia. Home follows the story of an Iraqi refugee who struggles with accepting her son who embraces Australian culture over her own traditions. Having its World Premiere in Sydney, Home will now tour with the Festival to Melbourne, Canberra and Perth.
If you didn’t catch AFFA in Sydney you can always head to Melbourne this weekend where you can catch the films at Cinema Nova. AFFA will then be travelling across the country to Canberra and for the first time, Perth. See you there!
Opening Night photos by Mohammed Alanezi.