Festival Cinéma Arabe, the platform for Arab film in the Netherlands, presents the best contemporary cinema from countries such as Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. Through the eyes of filmmakers from a diverse and dynamic region, the festival offers a different look at life in the Arab world: the view from the inside. In this way Cinéma Arabe contributes to a more balanced view of the Arab world and the Arab diaspora, particularly in the Netherlands.
Recurring themes in the program are the consequences of political unrest, war and occupation, migration and identity and family matters and the status of women. Most films are not shown in the Netherlands outside the festival – while some films may not be shown in the country of origin. Since 2013 Cinema Arabe is an annual festival. Cinema Arabe is an initiative of Foundation Sphinx Art Productions.