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On Arab Geographies Film Program / Image Nation x Cinema Akil

Image Nation and Cinema Akil are proud to present for the first time in Abu Dhabi “On Arab Geographies,” a film program dedicated to showcasing a selection of films from across the Arab world and beyond. The program aims to showcase a powerful and broad spectrum of critically-acclaimed contemporary Arab films around the notion of geography. The On Arab Geographies program of screenings and talks will be held in Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi from 4 till 6 May, 2017.

The program is curated by Rabih El Khoury, who is currently the Program Manager of Talents Beirut, a Programmer at ALFILM the Arab Film Festival in Berlin and a member of the administrative board of the Metropolis Association.


Thursday May 4th
7:00 PM – Opening
7:30 PM – IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE CITY by Tamer El Said

Friday May 5th
2:00 PM – Exhibition Tours: The Creative Act: Performance• Process • Presence
4:00 PM – Panel: The Role of Arab Film Funds in Encouraging Arab Cinematic Production
5:30 PM – NYERKUK by Mohamed Kordofani (followed by Q&A)
6:00 PM – NEARBY SKY by Nujoom Al Ghanem (followed by Q&A)
8:00 PM – OMNIA by Amna Al Nowais (followed by Q&A)
8:20 PM – GEOGRAPHIES by Chaghig Arzoumanian (followed by Q&A)

Saturday May 6th
2:00 PM – Exhibition Tours: The Creative Act: Performance• Process • Presence
4:00 PM – Panel: Portraying Geographies in Film
5:30 PM – MARE NOSTRUM by Anas Khalaf & Rana Kazkaz
5:45 PM – ZEINAB HATES THE SNOW by Kaouther bin Hania
7:30 PM – HOUSE WITHOUT ROOF by Soleen Yusuf (followed by Q&A with actor)


Date: 05.05.2017
Time: 4:00 P

PANEL 1: The Role of Arab Film Funds in Encouraging Arab Cinematic Production

Cinema started becoming an investment opportunity in the Arab world and internationally in the late 1950’s. Countries like Egypt, Iraq, Syria and Algeria, followed by Tunisia and Morocco started funding aimed at producing films for local filmmakers and in some rare instances filmmakers from other Arab countries. However, transnational funding is relatively a new phenomenon. In this panel, we discuss the role of such funding and its future in the Arab world.

Tamer El Said
Nujoom Al Ghanem
Mohannad Al Bakri
Moderated by: Intishal Al Timimi

Date: 06.05.2017
Time: 4:00 PM

PANEL 2: Portraying Geographies in Film

Within this film program, a panel discussion hosting the participating filmmakers will address the portrayal of geographies in Arab films.

How do filmmakers depict ever changing Arab cities when these cities are undergoing massive events that can alter the scope of an original script? How do their film crews adapt when preparing such shootings that could be directly affected? And on a wider scope, how do filmmakers conceive their shootings when their films take place in more than just one country? What are the challenges they face when preparing a shoot with different geographical identities?

Chaghig Arzoumanian
Mohammad Kordofani
Moderated by: Rabih El Khoury


Date: 04.05.2017
Time: 7:30 PM

Directed by: Tamer El Said
Egypt, Germany, UK, UAE | PG - 13 | Drama | Arabic | 118 min

Downtown Cairo, 2009. Khalid, a 35 year old filmmaker is struggling to make a film that captures the soul of his city while facing loss in his own life. With the help of his friends, who send him footage from their lives in Beirut, Baghdad and Berlin, he finds the strength to keep going through the difficulty and beauty of living In the Last Days of the City.

Date: 05.05.2017
Time: 5:30 PM

NYERKUK (2016)
Directed by: Mohamed Kordofani
Sudan | PG | Drama | Arabic | 19 min

Adam, 12-year-old-child, is forced to flee his village after his family dies in an airstrike. In the city, he finds himself amongst other homeless children involving in burglary with a thug, Mazda, in order to make a living. Not fully content with his new life, Adam decides to make a change but things get complicated when Mazda asks him to do one more job.

Date: 05.05.2017
Time: 6:00 PM

Directed by: Nujoom Al Ghanem
UAE | PG | Documentary | Arabic | 85 min

Fatima Alhameli is the first Emirati Female camel owner to physically take part in the Camel Beauty Pageant Competitions as well to enter the camels’ auctions in the UAE. Regardless of all the difficulties and challenges she encountered while trying to prove herself in one of the most male dominant domains, her wish to win in a race or a beauty pageant contest remains the only compensation to overcome her failures. Just when Fatima begins to lose hope, an unexpected reward comes her way.

Date: 05.05.2017
Time: 8:00 PM

OMNIA (2015)
Directed by: Amna Al Nowais
UAE | PG-13 | Drama | Arabic | 9 min

Omnia struggles with her memories of her circumcision. Since the operation, she explores the physical and psychological effects it has had on her.

Date: 05.05.2017
Time: 8:20 PM

Directed by: Chaghig Arzoumanian
Lebanon | PG | Essay Documentary | Armenian | 72 min

Nazareth was twelve years old, Lousaper still a newborn, when the Armenian genocide was perpetrated in 1915. The film traces the paths of their solitary peregrination throughout exile; from their village of Burunkişla to Beirut, passing through Cairo, Karantina and an orphanage in Saida before meeting again, years later, around a lunch table where they fell in love and decided to start a family.

Nazareth shut his eyes at the age of fifty -seven carrying away with him the last visions of the« old country».
His eyes are those of my father, which are today mine.

Date: 06.05.2017
Time: 5:30 PM

Directed by: Anas Khalaf, Rana Kazkaz
Syria, France | PG | Drama | English | 13 min

On a Mediterranean shore, a Syrian Father makes a decision that puts his daughter’s life at risk.

Date: 06.05.2017
Time: 5:45 PM

Directed by: Kaouther Ben Hania
Tunisia, France, Lebanon, UAE, Qatar | PG | Documentary | Arabic | 94 min

2009. Tunisian Nine-year-old Zaineb lost her father. Her mother will rebuild her life with a man in Canada. Zaineb was told that once she is there, she can finally see the snow! But she wants nothing to do with this new country, Because Zaineb has decided to hate the snow. Covering six years in the life of a charismatic young Tunisian girl and her changing family life, Zaineb Hates the Snow is a beautiful and poignant coming-of-age documentary told through the eyes of a wide-eyed little émigré.

Date: 06.05.2017
Time: 7:30 PM

Directed by: Soleen Yusef
Germany, Iraq, Qatar | PG | Drama, War | Kurdish, German | 117 min

Alan, Jan and Liya are three siblings, who were born in Kurdish Iraq and raised in Germany. They must return to their ancestral village in Iraq to bury their deceased mother next to their father, who was killed in an uprising against Saddam Hussein’s regime. On their nerve-wracking Kurdistan odyssey, they are confronted by their large Kurdish family, but also by having to reconnect with each other, as they have been emotionally separated over time. In this poignant film, Alan, Jan and Liya are forced to explore their homeland and their identity, all while discovering themselves – and at one point, losing their mother’s coffin.

*Schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions, please check our website for updates.
**Screenings are free, open to the public and are on a first-come-first-seated basis
***Popcorn and snacks available at the venue

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