As Palestinians watch fretfully as the Israeli military prepares for what all analysts describe as an inevitable ground assault, Americans in San Diego will watch the roots of the conflict from an entirely different angle: San Diego's first ever two day Arab Film Festival due to launch November 16th. The festival covers cultural works from the region, but is set to feature a film specifically covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Tonight and tomorrow, San Diego will play host to its first Arab Film Festival (November 16 and 17 at the Museum of Photographic Arts) -- which includes a film addressing elements of the ongoing violence between Arabs and Israelis in Gaza.
Films can be great ambassadors. Just look how French films or Japanese anime have spread those countries' cultures around the globe. Now the San Diego Arab Film Festival wants to combat stereotypes with a diverse selection of films. San Diego resident Nasser Barghouti grew up in Egypt and he's shocked that most Americans have never seen an Egyptian film.