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Arab Film Festival




Serge Bakalian, Executive Director

Serge Bakalian is a San Francisco-based filmmaker and activist. He has worked for the F.A.O. of the United Nations and Greenpeace International before moving to San Francisco in 2007 to produce film, and theater dedicated to the Middle East. In 2011, Serge completed the award-winning “Default: the Student Loan Documentary,” which was released on PBS and LinkTV, and screened at over 140 campuses across the country. He has worked on a wide range of issues and campaigns, notably on defending the biodiversity of the world’s food supply against genetic modification. Serge holds a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics.


Laurence Mazouni, Program Director

Originally from France, Laurence Mazouni is a filmmaker and a lecturer living in San Francisco. She instructed film studies and production media at San Francisco State University, at Stanford University Continuing Studies and lectures on French Films at the Alliance Française of San Francisco, where she founded the cinema curriculum in 2003. She worked in international distribution of African cinema and as editor and film archivist at California Newsreel, a non-profit, media organization in San Francisco dedicated to addressing the injustices of racism and inequality. Her films have been screened internationally.  Laurence received a BFA (1987) in architecture/stage design from the École Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Angers, France and a MFA (2001) in cinema from San Francisco State Universi

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