The Inaugural Edition carried the name of renowned Egyptian film director Dawood Abdel Sayed. It took place between the 25th and 30thof April, 2022 at the Universal AMC Cinema at Citywalk, Hollywood and virtually globally in celebration of the Arab American Heritage month. The attendees included a number of Arab industry icons & filmmakers who contributed to highlighting the uniqueness of Arab cinema.
INDUSTRY ICONS TALKS
NEIGHBORS by Mano Khalil - Sweden.
THE ADVENTURES OF A MOTHER AND HER DAUGHTERS ON THEIR QUEST FOR THE MEANING OF LIFE & OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS by James Chehab - Lebanon.
Syrian actor Serhed Khalil for his role in
NEIGHBORS by Mano Khalil.
Egyptian actress Hanan Motawie for her role in FRAGILE by Ahmed Rashwan.
Egyptian actress Hana Shiha for her role in IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY by Nevine Shalaby.
BEIRUT AFTER 40 by Anthony Merchak - Lebanon.
AICHA by Zakaria Nouri - Morocco.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE CAFÉ by Noha Adel - Egypt.
Egyptian director Ayten Amin.
Egyptian American film critic Mr. Mahfouz Doss.
Egyptian film producer Mike Gabrawy.
A Talk with the Iconic Egyptian film director Khairy Beshara reflecting on his career spanning over more than 40 years.
Industry Panel with renowned producers: Lila Yacoub, Mohamed Hefzy, Shahinaz El Akkad, Mike Gabrawy, and Meshari Almutawa.
A Talk with Colleen Bell - Director of the California Film Commission.
Acting workshop was hosted by Asminah featuring Casting Directors Omar Arab and Rafik Al Rihany, in collaboration with the head of the Arab American Casting Hamzah Saman.
Q&A with the film director Amir Ramses, along with directors Khairy Beshara & Tamer Ezzat.
Q&A with film director Tamer Ezzat, moderated by film critic Andrew Mohsen.
Q&A with the film director Ayten Amin and the film producer Mohamed Hefzy.
Q&A with the film producer Shahinaz El Akkad & the film cinematographer Ahmed Beshary.