Cinema Akil and ON.DXB come together to present ON ARAB CINEMA, a selection of contemporary and classic films in celebration of Arab cinema. The program will also include two conversations in and around the development of the cinematic arts in our region.
On Nov. 21, we kick off the program with MUSK, by Humaid Alsuwaidi followed by a Q&A with the film’s actor, and an independent filmmaker himself, Mohammed Al Hamadi. The film is followed by an experiment in genre with the premiere of Abdelhamid Bouchnak’s DACHRA – reportedly based on a true story.
ON ARAB CINEMA continues with the widely anticipated Gulf premiere of the Sudanese award-winning film YOU WILL DIE AT 20 directed by Amjad Abu Alala. We will be hosting “Past and Present in Dialogue” a conversation with the film’s scriptwriter Youssef Ibrahim and the lead actress Islam Mubarak. The night will end with the special screening of Youssef Chahine’s CAIRO STATION in homage of classic Egyptian cinema.
On Nov. 23rd, the program comes to a close with a focus on the female lens presenting Soudade Kaadan’s THE DAY I LOST MY SHADOW – a drama following the life of a young mother in a war-torn Syria. The closing film is the beloved and awarded Lebanese contemporary classic WEST BEIRUT, an examination of Beirut civilian life under the pall of war.
ON.DXB invites you to be a part of an intimate audience with the talent rollercoaster from names in film, game, music, and videos. Exploring and talking about their growth into the business, behind the scenes, reminisce on career highs and lows and how they continue to innovate and diversify as the industry continues to grow.
About ON.DXBON.DXB is a new, ground-breaking industry and consumer platform for the MENA region created by Dubai Media City in cooperation with Dubai Film and TV Commission to support the growth and evolution of the region’s film, video, music and gaming sectors – and the technologies driving them. Uniting talent, leading brands and enabling entities working to steer sustainable industry growth, ON.DXB will serve to enhance business facilitation and incubation and drive operational infrastructure to enhance confidence in Dubai’s innovation-driven economy. ON.DXB is proudly organized by Informa Markets.