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Celebrating Arab Cinema

April 18 - April 24, 2024
Gulf Weekly Celebrating Arab Cinema

A ROADSHOW presenting five Arab short films is set to be staged in Bahrain.

Founded and managed by Emirati actor and director Nawaf Al Janahi, Black Box Cinema is focused on presenting Arab short films, spreading film culture to new circles, and giving different audiences the chance to come closer to Arab cinema.

Its past editions have showcased 106 short films to more than 11,500 viewers, making it one of the most attended film showcases in the UAE.

The seventh edition will go to different cities in the UAE and abroad including Bahrain to present five Arab short films that were previously screened. The films are subtitled in English, and admission is free to the public.

The showcase will be held at Bahrain Cinema Club in Juffair on Wednesday, May 22, where the films will be screened one after the other from 7pm.

The films include: Big Day (Egypt, 2022) directed by Ahmed Samir, which runs for 15 minutes and revolves around a wedding that is turned upside down after rumours spread that the groom is planning to run away; Litre of Gas (Egypt, 2022) directed by Ibrahim Ramy, which runs for 17 minutes and focuses on an unemployed man who goes on a journey searching for gasoline for his car amidst a nation-wide rise in oil prices. He ends up finding himself instead, exploring the socioeconomic injustices that put him in this situation in the first place.

Long Trip (Iraq, Belgium, 2021) directed by Ali Kadhum runs for 13 minutes and tells the tale of Dries, who after his father’s death, must make a fundamental decision to either cremate the body or return it to be buried in his birth country as tradition subscribes.

This World Is Wonderful (Kuwait, 2021) directed by Hmoud Faris, which runs for 13 minutes, shows a world where there is motherhood, childhood, a knife, and a key; and Unveiling Selma (UAE, 2022) directed by Mariam Al Serkal and Maaria Sayed, which runs for 15 minutes, follows the life of 35-year-old Selma who, between house chores, a neglectful husband, and an innocent daughter, decides to free herself and rediscover her womanhood.

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