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 www.karamanow.org.

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.

Committee Co-Chairs are:

Larry Christian
Mr. Christian retired after a 37 year career in the engineering field during which his responsibilities included design, training and supervising design staff, and project management. From 1988-2011, he was a member of the Middle East Cultural and Information Center where his responsibilities included planning and implementing educational programs and managing organizational development. Presently he is a board member and president of KARAMA. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of California, Berkeley.

Nadia Keilani
Ms. Keilani, originally from Iraq, came to the U.S. at the age of 9.  She grew up in El Cajon and has been active in the local Arab community for many years.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California San Diego and Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law.  She presently is employed by the San Diego Superior Court as an attorney.

Committee members include:

  • Jinane Abbadi
  • Najah Abdelkader
  • Qais Al-Sindy
  • Mike Chaanine
  • Bassemah Darwish
  • Maha Gebara
  • Basheer Idoui
  • 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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