FilmChat Events

Celebrating Our Successful Festival Alumni

Join the free DCIFF FilmChat, modeled on your local Book Club but without all those rules. Enjoy these  consequential yet entertaining conversations about successful independent fiction and documentary films, with the filmmakers.  We are proud of the success of our DCIFF alumni and excited to showcase their work!  No membership required, but we hope you will want to come back for more!  


Our next FilmChat will be:

Saturday, November 5th, 2022

Registration: (Eventbrite Link)


6:00pm-8:00pm EST

450 K St NW 450 K Street

Northwest Washington, DC 20001 United States


What to expect?

A Panel Discussion with Iman Zawahry, one of the first hijabi American-Muslim filmmakers in the nation, Yasmin Elhady (Stand-Up Comedian) and Aizzah Fatima, an award-winning actor, filmmaker and comedian.

"Americanish" Poster

“Americanish” Poster


Iman Zawahry

            Iman Zawahry

Topic: Muslim American Women in the Industry


LOL: Muslim-American Women challenging stereotypes with comedy


Some Muslim-American women employ humor to challenge the  deeply-rooted assumptions about appearances and beliefs that shape how they have been represented.

Still from "Americanish"

Still from “Americanish”


Muslim-American women who are increasingly visible as directors, actresses, writers, presenters and comedians address these issues and open up discussions                                                                     of how they, as a group, are represented.



The event will be from 6:00pm-8:00pm, including a meet and greet with Iman Zawahry,(Renowned Filmmaker), Yasmin Elhady (Stand-Up Comedian), & Aizzah Fatima (Award-Winning Artist) as well as a Panel Discussion followed by a Q&A Session.


The event is a casual, welcoming get-together and will fill you with inspiration, motivation, and enthusiasm!


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Supported by Humanitini

Supported by Humanitini








Past FilmChat Events:

September 2022: 

February 2021: Kevin Tran‘s feature film THE END OF THE STREET (available at Amazon Prime and HERE).

March 2021: Alex Goldberg‘s feature film CLOSURE (available at Amazon Prime) and a sneak preview of his new script.

April 2021:  Jane Clark, her feature film and web series CRAZY BITCHES  (available at Amazon Prime), and what is coming up next.

June 2021: Abigail Child‘s 2020 documentary THE ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES and a discussion of A.I.