We should do something longer about this, but we just wanted to get it on the record: We’re currently in a golden age of film in MPLS + STPL. We have more film fests than we know what to do with, they’re mostly good, and our venues and programmers kick ass. We’re a national-level film town, and it’s great.

Kicking off today and running through the weekend, our hometown Arab cultural curators Mizna present their 10th year of indie Arab films at the annual Arab Film Festival. Head to Pracna next to the St. Anthony Main movie theaters for the free opening night party at 5:30 PM and then to the theater for the dark indie comedy Love, Theft, and other Entanglements. In addition to the great films—we’re particularly excited for Pioneer High where “In 1969, seventeen-year-old Hala emigrates with her family from Palestine to Michigan and unwittingly starts a revolution at her new school by showing up in pants”—the rest of the program includes a shorts screening, panels, visiting film makers, and even live music. Check out the rest of the movies and events at the festival page.