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ArteArchive contains 2,500+ films and videos by artists from the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporas. Help ArteEast bridge cultural understanding between the U.S. and the Middle East by supporting the preservation of this important archive.

ArteArchive: Bridging Cultural Understanding Between the United States and the Middle East

As 2019 comes to an end, ArteEast asks you to consider giving generously to support our initiative "Unpacking the ArteArchive", as we seek to bring resources from ArteEast's film archive comprising 2,500+ independent films from and about the MENA region to the public. In some cases, ArteArchive contains the only known remaining copy of films produced in Syria and Iraq.

In 2019, ArteEast debuted its legacy program, “Unpacking the ArteArchive,” featuring films and videos from ArteEast’s ArteArchive. As part of this series, ArteEast presented Syrian filmmakers at the Queens Museum, featuring works by artists Hala Alabdalla, Ammar Al-Beik’s and Jalal Maghout. Further works from the ArteArchive were presented at the Queens Museum as part of the Festival of Cinema, including videos from the ArteArchive by Yto Barrada, Maha Maamoun and Basim Magdy, and additional highlights by artists Lara Baladi and Malak Helmy.

ArteEast’s ArteArchive includes an important collection of works by acclaimed Syrian directors, and we were honored in 2019 to bring Syrian filmmaker Ossama Mohammed to New York, to present a selection of his work from the ArteArchive at Columbia University, and engage in conversation with Professor Richard Peña.

Your generosity will allow ArteEast to undertake the preservation and presentation of this critical collection at risk of being lost.

To learn more about this important resource, check out Vogue Arabia's article about ArteArchive: ArteEast's Urgent Mission to Save Arab Film.

About ArteEast: Founded in 2003, ArteEast is a leading New York-based non-profit organization dedicated to engaging a growing global audience with the contemporary arts of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Through public programming, strategic partnerships, and dynamic online publications, ArteEast is a forum for critical dialogue and exchange aimed at supporting the development of a sustainable MENA art sector.