films – Cinema Akil


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

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DIRECTED BY
Rungano Nyoni
UK, France, Germany, Zambia | PG-15 | 93 min | Drama | English, Nyanja, Bemba, Tonga
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Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue
After a minor incident in her village, nine-year-old Shula is exiled to a travelling witch camp where she is told that if she tries to escape she will be transformed into a goat. As she navigates through her new life with her fellow witches and a government official who espouses her, exploiting her innocence for his own gain, she must decide whether to accept her fate or risk the consequences of seeking freedom. Read More...


DIRECTED BY
Stefanie Brockhaus, Andreas Wolff
Germany, UAE | PG | 89 min | Feature documentary | Arabic, English ( Eng. sub )
VENUE
Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue
Hissa Hilal is the voice from behind the veil: Her weapon is her word. Hissa is a self- taught writer and she says what she thinks. She decides to take part in the "Million's Poet" show, an Abu Dhabi base multi million Dollar TV show. It is the Arab world's biggest poetry competition, and it is dominated by men. Hissa works herself up, becoming the first woman in the finals. In her poems she criticizes the patriarchal Arab society and she attacks one of the most notorious Saudi clerics for his extremist fatwas, live, in front of 75 million viewers. We’ll never see Hissa's face. Like the majo Read More...