This year, ARAB Film Festival presents a special section, “Focus 2018: Rise Up, Speak Out” to pay attention to contemporary Arab women’s voices. We have witnessed how the global phenomenon of social media campaign called #MeToo has changed our society by unveiling the hidden violence against and repression of women. Social inequality and the consequent misconceptions about women often force Arab women to hide themselves behind the veils without the right to speak. ARAB Film Festival has been introducing diverse women characters and addressing current challenges facing them by featuring films about women who lost the chance for higher education due to early marriage; who live under repression without being able to make a political statement or contribution during the age of revolution; who survive in a male-dominated sports world; and who become the victims of violence against women despite their social position as a talented woman with a brilliant career.As the world changes, this year in “Focus 2018: Rise Up, Speak Out” we aim to take one more bold step forward by calling attention to sexual violence hidden for the sake of the social oppression and maintaining the system; challenging misogyny that creeps into our everyday lives; and raising voices to unveil the reality where women are constrained and silenced by isolation. This section features a total of three films: Beauty and the Dogs, one of the most controversial films of 2017 that addresses the unacceptable reality of Tunisian woman facing inequality and repression in an episode taking place in one night; Challat of Tunis that follows a misogynistic hate crime and reveals the truth behind antipathy and hostility towards women; and The Poetess, a documentary about a courageous woman who denounces religious extremism through her poems. By doing so, it intends to invite you to listen to the voices of women who dare to open their eyes and speak up so that they could keep their dignity intact, claim their rights, address what is wrong and unfair, and eventually call for change. It is also worth noting that Kaouther Ben Hania, the director of Beauty and the Dogs and Challat of Tunis will attend the festival to discuss her films in depth as well as Arab women’s movement calling for change.