The San Diego Arab Film Festival is a project of KARAMA

About the San Diego Arab Film Festival

The San Diego Arab Film Festival (SDAFF) is a project of KARAMA, a local non-profit that promotes understanding of the issues of the Arab and Islamic world and of the Palestinian issue in particular.  In 2012, its inaugural year, the Festival screened 3 feature films and 5 short films from six countries. The Festival has grown steadily, and in 2017 it will hold 10 screenings.  KARAMA’S goal is to grow the San Diego Arab Film Festival into a major cultural event that enhances the identity, perception and understanding of Arabs and the Arab world.  More information about KARAMA is available at

The work of putting on the Festival is carried out by the San Diego Film Festival Committee, which is composed of the KARAMA Board of Directors and volunteers from the community.  Members include:

  • Jinane Abbadi
  • Najah Abdelkader
  • Qais Al-Sindy
  • Mike Chaanine
  • Larry Christian (co-chair)
  • Bassemah Darwish
  • Maha Gebara
  • Basheer Idoui
  • Nadia Keilani (co-chair)
  • Stephanie Jennings
  • Adnan Salah
  • Wedad Schlotte
  • Lila Suboh
  • Ed Sweed

The Committee works year-round on film selection, fundraising and Festival logistics.  All members serve entirely on a volunteer basis.

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