ANA Contemporary Arab Cinema is an annual film series, housed at the Jacob Burns Film Center, that highlights award-winning films by today's best Arab directors

  Lina Matta

Lina Matta

Based in Dubai, this Lebanese/American considers NYC her adopted home. 

Prior to joining MBC as Senior Channel Manager for MBC 4 and the two movie channels, MBC 2 and MBC MAX, Lina was Head of Programming at Dubai One TV.

A film fanatic, Lina watches movies at work and for fun. In her spare time she attends film festivals.

If you’re looking for Lina, you may find her eating a frozen dog in Park City, UT, grabbing a felafel sandwich in Toronto or chasing a food truck in Austin, TX.

Lina holds an M.A. in Film from Boston University. She’s been a news producer, a TV director, a field audio engineer, an original web content producer and she once worked closely with a Libyan revolutionary!

 Jacob Burns Film Center

Jacob Burns Film Center

The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) began in 1998 when a group of individuals interested in creating a cultural arts center in Westchester County purchased the old Rome Theater in Pleasantville, New York.

The Rome Theater, a beautiful Spanish mission-style, historic landmark building built in 1925, was one of the first movie theaters in Westchester County. Opened during the golden age of cinema, the New York Times called it “The Show Place of Westchester County.” It was an active cinema, showing films until 1987, when it closed its doors due to competition with neighboring multiplexes.

The group, led by founder Stephen Apkon, secured the building and an adjacent lot, formed a nonprofit organization (originally known as The Friends of the Rome Theater), and launched a $5 million capital campaign to build the Film Center. Early on, the campaign received a $1.5 million grant from the Jacob Burns Foundation. The Film Center received its name in honor of this leadership gift.