films – Cinema Akil


WAREHOUSE 68, ALSERKAL AVENUE
AL QUOZ INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT
DUBAI, UAE

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DIRECTED BY
Nadine Labaki
Lebanon | PG-15 | 123 min | Drama | Arabic
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Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue
Capernaüm tells the story of Zain (Zain al-Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the "crime" of giving him life. The film follows Zain as he journeys from gutsy, streetwise child to hardened 12-year-old "adult" fleeing his negligent parents, surviving through his wits on the streets, where he meets Ethiopian migrant worker Rahil, who provides him with shelter and food, as Zein takes care of her baby son Yonas in return. Zein later gets Jailed for committing a violent crime, and finally seeks justice in a courtroom. Read More...


DIRECTED BY
Heather Lenz
USA | PG | 76 min | Documentary | English
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Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue

Kusama - Infinity explores Yayoi Kusama’s fierce determination to become a worldrenowned artist. Kusama was born into a conservative family in rural Japan and she made her way to America on the heels of WWII. There, without connections and speaking only broken English, she devoted herself to her one true love, making art. On her first day in New York, Kusama has stated that she climbed to the top of the Empire State Building, looked down upon the city below, and made a decision to stand out from everyone she saw below and become a star. She has received the Praemium Imperiale Laureate for Read More...


DIRECTED BY
Nujoom Alghanem
UAE | PG13 | 84 min | Documentary | Arabic
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Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue
This is a fascinating portrait of arguably the most influential figure in contemporary art in the Gulf, the late Hassan Sharif. Artist, thinker, writer and critic, Sharif died in September 2016, at the age of 65, having spent much of the past half-century expanding the parameters of art in the region, through provocative conceptual pieces, experiments in performance as well as numerous paintings, works on paper and sculptures. His old friend and collaborator, writer and filmmaker Nujoom Al Ghanem first met the artist in the early 1980s, when he was busy baffling locals in the UAE with his take Read More...