Posted: Jun 20, 2020



NEW! UNPACKING THE ARTEARCHIVE platform highlighting ArteEast’s film and video collection, presenting curators’ selections from the ArteArchive in dialogue with contemporary voices.  Check us out at

ArteEast is seeking to support the preservation of and presentation of the organization’s ArteArchive of film and video by artists from the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporas. ArteArchive includes works from ArteEast’s programs The Calm After the Storm: Classic and Contemporary Lebanese Cinema (presented with the Film Society of Lincoln Center), Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema (ArteEast’s multi-year collaboration with MoMA), and the groundbreaking series Lens on Syria: Thirty Years of Contemporary Cinema (presented in over 40 venues worldwide). A number of these programs showcased films that are rarely seen outside of the Arab world, including works that were especially restored, re-mastered and digitized by ArteEast. ArteEast seeks to preserve and make publicly available these important works. ArteArchive contains some of the only known remaining copies of films produced in Syria and Iraq. 

Unpacking the ArteArchive is an ongoing legacy project, preserving and presenting over 15 years of film and video programming by ArteEast. 


ArteEast’s Urgent Mission to Save Arab Film published in Vogue Arabia. August, 2019.



To Support ArteEast’s ArteArchive: 

Online donations can be made at:

To donate by check, please make checks payable to ArteEast, Inc. , and mail to:

ArteEast 320 7th Avenue, #182 Brooklyn, NY 11215

ArteEast is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.


Events:   Check out our full 2021 Program here


Past events: Monuments & Flowers ArteArchive program at Festival of Cinema NYC – Queens Museum 

As part of the legacy program Unpacking the ArteArchive, Monuments & Flowers brings together a selection of seminal video work culled from the archives of ArteEast with the work of contemporary voices.

ArteArchive* collection works by Yto Barrada, Maha Maamoun and Basim Magdy, and presenting Lara Baladi and Malak Helmy

Curated by Regine Basha

Syrian Films presented by ArteEast at the Queens Museum

ArteEast produced a special film program featuring two Syrian films – the animated short Suleima by Jalal Maghout, and feature film I Am the One who Brings Flowers to her Grave by Hala Alabdalla and Ammar Al-Beik. 

This feature film was first screened by ArteEast as part of Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema, 1960-Present, co-organized with The Museum of Modern Art from 2010-2011. The film was presented at the Queens Museum as part of ArteEast’s program Unpacking the ArteArchive with partial support from The Community Trust and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


Unpacking the ArteArchive is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.