Fortunately, living in the cities means there is no shortage of inspiring cultural events. Check out the Arab Film Festival, which kicks off its opening night at the Walker Art Center. The festival is hosted by Mizna, an organization dedicated to displaying Arab-American culture through literature and art. In addition to supporting Arab-American visual arts on stage, in music, and in film, the organization’s award-winning Mizna journal is known for its Arab-American literature.
First presented in 2003, the Arab Film Festival is the second longest-standing Arab film festival in North America. It primarily screens films made by and about Arabs, however, it also includes films about non-Arabs living in the Arab world. The festival features several collaborations with Twin Cities organizations, includes filmmaker appearances, and promotes audience discussions. Increase your culture and art knowledge by attending the festival’s multiple film screenings, the first of which is OK, Enough, Goodbye about a 40-year-old man in Lebanon seeking his own independence. 7:30 p.m. $10, $8 for Walker members/ students/ seniors. The remainder of the movies will be screened at the Heights Theater Thursday through Sunday. —RO
Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-375-7600, walkerart.org