“Arabian Wave,” a section that takes a close look at the contemporary Arab cinema trends, features a total of nine films this year. In the aftermath of the revolution along with the continuation of conflicts, the Arab society is still going through a period of turbulence, full of never-ending problems. In the meantime, contemporary Arab cinema tends to focus on Arab people’s journey to find their inner selves away from their religious and national identities as well as from the turmoil of the ever-changing society where life and death are closely intertwined in their day-to-day lives. In line with this, this section features outstanding films including: Tramontane that prompts you to think about what it means to find your root and have a family; Until the End of Time about the protagonists who find meaning in their lives when death is near; and Zagros that challenges the meaning of family believed to be a pillar of the Arab society in the traditional sense by showing how family can fall apart. In addition, it is possible to find films on civil wars and refugees which would be the most important and severe issues in the current Arab society. For example, Insyriated focuses on a story of an isolated family trapped in an apartment in Damascus exposed to continuous skirmishes while The Guest follows a tough journey of refugees who left their hometown, Aleppo after a series of bomb attacks and explores their friendship blooming during that journey. The screenings of these films will be a meaningful opportunity to take a peek at the lives of Arab people that we hardly know. This section also showcases a wide range of the latest films both by experienced and skilled directors with worldwide recognition in the international film festival circuit and by emerging young directors willing to explore the aesthetic potential of cinema. Abdulla Al Kaabi, a rookie director from the UAE presents Only Men Go to the Grave with a theme of reconciliation among women in a unique and unexpected way. Installation artist Hala Elkoussy made her directorial debut with Cactus Flower that follows the protagonists on a journey to find their true selves through a special friendship with dreamlike and experimental mise-en-scène. Meanwhile, Razzia, the latest work by a prominent Moroccan director, Nabil Ayouch juxtaposes the images of the ever-changing Moroccan society with those of younger generations. Last but not least, Wajib by a promising Palestine woman director, Annemarie Jacir gives a sophisticated account of the conflict and reconciliation between the generations in the Arab society through a compelling story of father and son. The 2018 edition of “Arabian Wave” will be a fruitful opportunity to understand the current state of Arab cinema that incorporates the emerging tendency to strive for change and sublimates deeply rooted religious and cultural traditions into a new cinematic potential.