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 2019 it held 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 Chair is:

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.

Committee members include:

  • Jinane Abbadi
  • Najah Abdelkader
  • Yousef Abudayyeh
  • Qais Al-Sindy
  • Bassemah Darwish
  • Maha Gebara
  • Angela Good
  • Basheer Idoui
  • Stephanie Jennings
  • Jamal Kanj
  • Rula Lopez
  • Adnan Salah
  • Wedad Schlotte
  • Yousef Ibrahim
  • Adnan Salah
  • Amina Idoui

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

San Diego Arab Film Festival is the registered trademark of KARAMA.

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