Local film and video production in the Arab world is on the rise, but in many places filmmakers still face tough political and economic challenges. We look at the state of Arab film-from Egyptian romantic comedies to Iraq documentaries to the first Lebanese vampire film.
Sonia El-Feki, artistic director of Arab Film Festival 2007 which runs through Sunday October 28th at theaters around the Bay Area
Hakim Belabbes, director of the film "Why O'Sea?" and a teacher of film at the Art Institute of Chicago
Muayad Alayan, director of "Qater Al Nada"
Nadia Kamel, director of "Salata Baladi"