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 - IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE CITY by Tamer Al Said
Friday May 5th
4:00 PM - Panel Discussion: Portraying Geographies in Film
5:30 PM - NYERKUK by Mohamed Kordofani
6:00 PM - NEARBY SKY by Nujoom Al Ghanem (followed by Q&A)
8:00 PM - OMNIA by Amna Al Nowais
8:20 PM - GEOGRAPHIES by Chaghig Arzoumanian (followed by Q&A)
Saturday May 6th
4:00 PM - Panel Discussion
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
Time: 7:30 PM
IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE CITY (2016)
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.
Time: 5:30 PM
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.
Time: 6:00 PM
NEARBY SKY (2014)
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.
Time: 8:00 PM
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.
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.
Time: 5:30 PM
MARE NOSTRUM (2016)
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.
Time: 5:45 PM
ZAINEB HATES THE SNOW (2016)
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.
Time: 7:30 PM
HOUSE WITHOUT ROOF (2016)
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, pleasße 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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