Rotterdam Arab Film Festival

Rotterdam Arab Film Festival

Sep 05, 2023Sep 10, 2023
Lantaren Venster & Pathé Schouwburgplein
Various ticket prices

Experience the mesmerising world of Arab cinema at the Rotterdam Arab Film Festival (RAFF), where captivating stories, diverse cultures and artistic expressions come together on the silver screen. Rotterdam is renowned for its multicultural nature, so it's perfectly fitting that the city hosts an annual festival dedicated to excellence in Arab filmmaking.

Rich tapestry of Arab culture through the power of film

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Arab culture through the power of film. RAFF, a dynamic and renowned cinematic event, brings together filmmakers, artists and cinema enthusiasts from around the globe. With its finger on the pulse of contemporary Arab cinema, the festival celebrates the diversity and creativity of Arab filmmakers while fostering cross-cultural dialogue and understanding.

At RAFF, you'll have the opportunity to discover a handpicked selection of thought-provoking films that showcase the myriad of experiences within the Arab world. From compelling narratives to daring documentaries, the festival's lineup reflects the complexity and vibrancy of Arab societies. Explore themes ranging from personal stories to societal challenges, all portrayed with authenticity and an artistic lens.

The festival takes place at two of the most renowned cinemas in Rotterdam, LantarenVenster and Pathé Schouwburgplein. Most of the films have English subtitles, making the RAFF an international-friendly event!

Films and discussions with film industry professionals

What sets RAFF apart is its commitment to bridging cultures and fostering connections. Engage in post-screening discussions and Q&A sessions with directors, actors and industry professionals. Delve into the filmmaking process, gain insights into the stories behind the stories and connect with fellow cinephiles who share your passion for meaningful cinema.

Beyond the screenings, RAFF offers a platform for emerging Arab filmmakers to showcase their talents. It's a space where innovation meets tradition, and where the future of Arab cinema is shaped. Witness the birth of new voices and narratives that challenge conventions and push boundaries.

The festival takes place in the vibrant city of Rotterdam, known for its cosmopolitan atmosphere and dedication to the arts. As you navigate the festival's venues, you'll find yourself immersed in an atmosphere of creativity and inspiration. From intimate screenings to grand ceremonies, RAFF's events are designed to provide an unforgettable cinematic journey.

Films screened during RAFF 2023

Whether you're an avid follower of Arab cinema or a curious newcomer, the Rotterdam Arab Film Festival welcomes you to join its annual celebration of storytelling, cultural exchange and the magic of the big screen. Step into a world where stories come alive, emotions are shared and perspectives are expanded.

Here's an overview of what films are showing during the festival:

  • Big Little Women
  • Rebel
  • Satar
  • Dounia and the Princess of Aleppo
  • A Summer in Boujad
  • Valley Road
  • Far From the Nile
  • Under the Fig Trees
  • Queens
  • Baghdad Messi
  • The Black Pharoah
  • The Lebanese Burger Mafia
  • Mediterranean Fever

Book your RAFF tickets

Mark your calendars and prepare to embark on an unforgettable cinematic adventure at the Rotterdam Arab Film Festival. Let the magic of Arab cinema captivate your senses and open your heart to a world of imagination and discovery. Book your tickets on the Rotterdam Arab Film Festival website.