About the Festival

Mizna is an organization devoted to promoting Arab American culture, providing a forum for its expression. We value diversity in our community and are committed to giving voice to Arab Americans through literature and art. Mizna is an Arabic word meaning "rain cloud in the desert". This cloud shades and protects the traveler, easing the journey. We are a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis. Founded in 1998, Mizna publishes a nationally recognized literary journal, and presents community arts events.

Through the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, it is our hope to present our local, diverse communities with a space to share and celebrate quality, alternative, and enjoyable cinematic experience. An important outcome of this experience is the exposure of American audiences to the breadth and depth of the current cultural and artistic production from the Arab world and of Arabs in America. This serves to counter the daily stereotypes of Arabs that bombard Americans on a daily basis.


Thursday March 29 - Sunday April 1, 2007


The Historic Heights Theater
3951 Central Avenue NE
Columbia Heights, MN, 55421

Click here for directions

Festival Committee

Festival Curator
Mohannad Ghawanmeh
Film Committee
Kitty Aal
Jumana Al Hashal
Rami Azzazi
Mohammed Bamyeh
Raja Ghanem
Kathryn Haddad
Mazen Halabi
Taous Claire Khazem
Fouzi Slisli

More Info

You may contact us at mizna at mizna dot org for specific questions about the festival or current and future volunteering and sponsorship opportunities.

Please refer to the tickets page for individual movie ticket prices and festival passes.

Please refer to the complete film schedule for showtimes and special events.