The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) sponsored the seventeenth annual Arabian Sights Film Festival: Contemporary Arab Cinema. This year's Arabian Sights, presented by the Washington DC International Film Festival, featured new and innovative films from today’s Arab world. The 2012 festival took place from October 25 – November 4 in conjunction with 1001 Inventions: Discover the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization, The National Geographic Society’s award-winning exhibit dedicated to the history of science and technology in the Islamic civilization during the Golden Age.

The 10 films featured hailed from countries including Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, among others and covered a broad range of subject