About the Festival

Mizna’s Twin Cities Arab Film Festival was conceived of in 2002 and was first presented in 2003 . It has since run on an eighteen-month cycle, between autumn and spring seasons . It is the second longest standing Arab Film Festival in North America .

The festival aims to exhibit primarily films made by and about Arabs, but also about non-Arabs who live in the Arab world . With few exceptions, the festival screens Minnesota theatrical premieres . For Mizna, the festival serves as an opportunity to collaborate with a variety of Twin Cities organizations.

The festival also signifies Mizna’s interest in celebrating artists whose work is Arab-themed by inviting filmmakers to attend screenings of their films and to engage audiences in related discussions .


Thursday March 11th, 2008 - Sunday March 14th, 2010


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

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Festival Committee

Rami Azzazi
Timothée Génot
Barbara Jabr
Giovanna Nido
Anh Thu Pham
Phaviny Salem
Leah Wilkes

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 thecomplete film schedule for showtimes and special events.