films – Cinema Akil


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AL QUOZ INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT
DUBAI, UAE

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DIRECTED BY
Erika Cohn
Palestine, USA | PG | 81 min | Documentary | Arabic
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Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue
A verite legal drama about Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih, the first woman appointed to a Shari’a court in the Middle East, whose career provides rare insights into both Islamic law and gendered justice. When she was a young lawyer, Kholoud Al-Faqih walked into the office of Palestine’s Chief Justice and announced she wanted to join the bench. He laughed at her. But just a few years later, Kholoud became the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East’s Shari’a (Islamic law) courts. THE JUDGE offers a unique portrait of Judge Kholoud—her brave journey as a lawyer, her tireless fight Read More...


DIRECTED BY
Mats Grorud
Palestine, France, Sweden, Norway | PG | 80 min | Animation | Arabic
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Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue
Wardi, an eleven-year-old Palestinian girl, lives with her whole family in the refugee camp where she was born. Her beloved great-grandfather Sidi was one of the first people to settle in the camp after being chased from his home back in 1948. The day Sidi gives her the key to his old house back in Galilee, she fears he may have lost hope of someday going home. As she searches for Sidi’s lost hope around the camp, she will collect her family’s testimonies, from one generation to the next. Read More...


DIRECTED BY
Marco Proserpio
Palestine, Italy | PG | 90 min | Documentary | Arabic, English, Italian
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Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue
In 2007 Banksy slips into Palestine to paint on the West Bank Barrier. Someone takes offence at a piece depicting an Israeli soldier checking a donkey’s ID. A local taxi driver decides to cut it off and sell it on eBay. What follows is a story of clashing cultures, art, identity, theft and black market. It is not one story, but many. Like Banksy’s art would be meaningless without its context, so the absence of it would be meaningless without an understanding of the elements that brought his artwork from Bethlehem to a Western auction house, along with the wall it was painted on. Read More...


DIRECTED BY
Cam Christiansen
Palestine, Canada | PG | 82 min | Animated, Documentary | English
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Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue

WALL is a feature-length animated film written by and starring playwright and two-time Academy Award® nominee for screenwriting (The Hours, The Reader) David Hare, whom The Washington Post referred to as “the premiere political dramatist writing in English.” Hare’s body of work spans 35 years and deftly explores socio-political issues at home and abroad. The 80-minute film follows Hare on a trip to the Middle East to examine the impact the wall separating Israel and Palestine has had on the people of the region.


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