Mizna proudly presents the 12th Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, September 27 to October 1 – a chance to see thoughtfully curated films from Arab and Arab American filmmakers. Established in 2003, the Arab Film Fest has featured local debuts of independent narrative and documentary features and short films from more than fifteen countries. Over its twelve editions, our festival has created a necessary space in the Twin Cities for Arab and Muslim filmmakers to tell their stories in beautiful and innovative ways. This year, our project feels more urgent than ever, as our programming serves a response to national and international policies that target the lives of immigrants and refugees, while also tackling the global threat of xenophobia and Islamophobia.
Dvorak is a Twin Cities physician practicing emergency room medicine. In his spare time, he volunteers at a local urban clinic serving low-income patients. Over the years, Dave has made many trips to developing countries to care for the poor and underserved. Most recently, he traveled to the Greek island of Samos to provide medical relief to Syrian and Iraqi refugees fleeing war and torture in their homelands. This experience inspired “Refugee Lullaby,” a moving ballad that gives voice to a father trying to explain this troubling international issue in a way a child can understand.