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Aan Korb Film and Documentary Festival

Aan Korb jury member Sara Ishaq shooting Karama Has No Walls

October/November 2014 | London

Tickets are now available for the Aan Korb Arabic Film Festival. The festival, created by the British Council and BBC Arabic, will be hosted in the BBC's iconic Radio Theatre from 31 October - 4 November 2014.

Aan Korb - which translates as 'Close Up' - is a great opportunity to see the very best feature films, short films, investigative reports, citizen journalism and television documentaries created about the Arab world since the beginning of the Uprisings in December 2010.

We have long supported filmmakers in the Middle East and North Africa to develop their skills, create new collaborations and build opportunities for free expression. So naturally we are delighted that audiences from the UK will now be able to see many of these films for the first time.

The lineup includes a new film Girl from Sondos Shabayek, which won the inaugural Women in the New Egypt film competition, also supported by the British Council.

You can see the full Aan Korb lineup by clicking here and can follow the event on Twitter: #AanKorbFest and Facebook

Tarik Kafala, Head of BBC Arabic said: “The BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival aims to draw young talent from around the world and to give filmmakers the platform to share their distinctive journalistic and artistic work. Hosting the festival in London will also benefit British audiences. Many people in the UK know little about Arab cinema, the challenges of film making in the region and the personal stories behind the news. We hope the festival will bring them closer to the Middle East and to some of the people through telling its stories. We are delighted to run this festival in partnership with the British Council.”

Stephen Stenning, British Council Regional Director for the Arts, said: “The British Council has been working in the Middle East and North Africa for nearly 80 years. Through our work in culture and arts we have connected people, built understanding, enabled channels of expression, and created opportunities for talented individuals to contribute to the development of a vibrant regional film industry. In a year of increasing international recognition of Arab filmmaking talent, including BAFTA and Academy Award nomination; we are proud to be partnering with BBC Arabic to create the Aan Korb Film Festival, providing an international platform for these emerging talents”.