Muslim Meme playing at Mizna

Mizna Arab Film Festival: Experimental Arab Film
January 6, 2018

This wintertime screening, curated by Andrea Shaker and Michelle Baroody and co-presented by Mizna and the Minnesota Museum of American Art, brings an exciting selection of experimental cinema by Arab American filmmakers to Cellular Cinema’s CAVE 2 (Cinematic Audio Visual Experimentation) Film Festival. The matinee features films from Usama Alshaibi, Basma Alsharif, Hisham Bizri, Ariana Hamidi, and Andrea Shaker

Baghdad, Iowa premiers in Portland

Open Signal is proud to host a Portland showing of The Seventh Art Stand, a nationwide screening and discussion series presented by over fifty theaters, museums and community centers in the United States, which seeks to clarify the myths perpetuated by Islamophobia. 

This screening, hosted by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Vivian Hua, will feature short films by filmmakers from all over the country, including “Baghdad, Iowa” by Colorado filmmaker Usama Alshaibi; “Um Aballah” by New York filmmaker Sahar al-Sawaf; “Thyme” by Florida filmmaker Jude Cherab; and “Searching Skies” by Hua. 

Following the screening, Hua will discuss the works shown with Alshaibi over Skype.  Screening date is June 21.

The Flowering premiers in Winnipeg, Canada

Thursday, March 9th
$10 / Free for Immigrants
All proceeds to the ACLU

Proudly presented by the Winnipeg Underground Film Fest and Ace Art Inc.


Please join us for this amazing collection of experiments and observations from Iraq, filmed in Iraq and in most cases by Iraqi filmmakers.

‘There, The Gun’ by Jamal Penjweny, 9min
‘Fan and Coffee’ by Rebeen Hamarafiq, 1min
‘The Flowering’ by Usama Alshaibi, 5min
‘Dream City’ by Emma Piper-Burket, 50min