ANA Contemporary Arab Cinema is an annual film series, that highlights award-winning films by today's best Arab directors

Lina Matta

Lina Matta

Based in Dubai, this Lebanese/American considers NYC her adopted home. 

Lina is the Director of MBC 4 and the two movie channels, MBC 2 and MBC MAX at  MBC Group in Dubai.

A film fanatic, Lina watches movies at work and for fun. In her spare time she attends film festivals.

If you’re looking for Lina, you may find her eating a frozen dog in Park City, UT, grabbing a felafel sandwich in Toronto or chasing a food truck in Austin, TX.

Lina holds an M.A. in Film from Boston University. She’s been a news producer, a TV director, a field audio engineer, an original web content producer and she once worked closely with a Libyan revolutionary!

Jacob Burns Film Center

Jacob Burns Film Center

The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) began in 1998 when a group of individuals interested in creating a cultural arts center in Westchester County purchased the old Rome Theater in Pleasantville, New York.

The Theater, a beautiful Spanish mission-style, historic landmark building built in 1925, was one of the first movie theaters in Westchester County. Opened during the golden age of cinema, the New York Times called it “The Show Place of Westchester County.” It was an active cinema, showing films until 1987, when it closed its doors due to competition with neighboring multiplexes.

The group, led by founder Stephen Apkon, secured the building and an adjacent lot, formed a nonprofit organization, and launched a $5 million capital campaign to build the Film Center.

In 2012, Brian Ackerman, the Founding Programming Director of the Jacob Burns, invited ANA Contemporary Arab Cinema series to be housed at JBFC. He has been its main champion since.

Brooklyn Academy of Music [BAM]

Brooklyn Academy of Music [BAM]

BAM Rose Cinemas (BRC) opened in 1998 to offer Brooklyn audiences an alternative to the standard multiplex, screening independent films that might otherwise not play in the borough and making BAM the only performing arts center in the country with two mainstage theaters and a multiplex cinema. In July 1999, beginning with a series celebrating the work of Spike Lee, BAMcinématek was born as Brooklyn's only daily year-round repertory film program. BAMcinématek presents classic films, premieres, festivals, and retrospectives, often with special appearances by filmmakers, actors, and critics.

This is the second year that BAM will be bringing ANA Contemporary Arab Cinema to the Rose Cinemas.

This initiative is led by Gina Duncan, the Associate Vice President, Cinema who moved from the Jacob Burns Film Center in 2016. At the Burns, Ms. Duncan was Director of Industry Engagement and Special Programs.