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Arab Film Festival 2017: Seizing an Opportunity

The second Arab Film Festival Australia (AFFA) event to be held at Curtin University, in conjunction with Information and Cultural Exchange, Sydney and the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) at DFAT, was a big success once again.


The second Arab Film Festival Australia to be held at Curtin was a big success.
The second Arab Film Festival Australia to be held at Curtin was a big success.

Curtin Team members Dr Toni Dobinson, School of Education, Dr Maggie McAlinden, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Dr Paul Mercieca, School of Education, hosted Curtin staff, students and the wider community at two showings of four films on Saturday September 9 2017 in the Bankwest Theatre.

Associate Professor Celia Cornwell, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Professor Alan Dench, Humanities, opened the screenings.

Guests were treated to free baklava, tea and coffee after the movies.
Guests were treated to free baklava, tea and coffee after the movies.

Guests were treated to free baklava, tea and coffee after the movies, while expressions of interest were sought to be involved in the ongoing related research project, which explores audience responses to the Arab films and Curtin staff and students’ experiences of the interaction between Arab and non-Arab students on Curtin Campus.

Expressions of interest were sought to be involved in an ongoing related research project.
Expressions of interest were sought to be involved in an ongoing related research project.

Photographs are courtesy of Ilan Zagoria. Volunteer helpers were Ilan Zagoria, Murdoch University, Tetiana Bogachenko, Research Assistant, Eileen Wood, Curtin English, and Ricardo Garzon, ex-Curtin PhD student.

Contributed by: Dr Maggie McAlinden, Coordinator English Language Development, Faculty of Health Sciences