The 14th Annual Arab Film Festival (AFF) is to complete its four-city US run in Los Angeles from October 22 to 24.

After stints in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose, the festival’s Los Angeles weekend will kick off with Algerian comedy Masquerades, winner of honours including the best film award at the Dubai International Film Festival.

Attending the Los Angeles event with their projects will be filmmakers Amar Chebib (The Butcher) and Zaid Abu Hamden (Baram and Hamza). Past festival filmmakers in attendance will include Amin Matalqa (Captain Abu Raed) and Sabine El Geymal (Niloofar).

“As Hollywood studios are taking more of an interest in Arab characters and narratives, it’s essential for there be a place in LA where independent filmmakers can screen their stories about the Middle East,” said AFF board member Camille Alick.