Warehouse421 presents, from its nook at the edge of the city of Abu Dhabi, a lineup of stories, of the Arab experience with the city. Akin to an environmental reckoning, the program takes us downtown, from Beirut to Cairo to Algiers and beyond to the heart of the Arab city. Through plethora of noises, bodies and movement, the Arab city is on showcase through one vignette after another of the way human experiences become fused with the structures and the intensity of interaction that surrounds them.
In these stories we shall meet the Arab city, its inhabitants – the unforgiving and the kind. The cacophonous melodies of the city will guide us, through the hopes, dreams and motivations of the frail and fraught lives that linger and push. Jerked around by the hustle of the city, prodded by its demands, we shall encounter Arab experiences of that particular inhalation of soot, smoke and relentless dynamism that is the hallmark of an Arab city.
Finally to Warehouse421, comes the Cannes Palme d’Or nominee Capernaum which shook the world over with its jarring displays of humanity in its beautiful and ugly. In Tamer Ashry’s Photocopy, a comedy of fantastical imagination, megapolitan Cairo becomes a theme park of absurdity and laughter. In Meryem Benm’Barek’s Sofia, Casablanca reigns strong, guards its secrets, hypocrisies and unleashes its power. In the adrenaline rush of The Street of Death and Other Stories comes a short documentary roaring through Beirut on the brink of peril. Drifting through Riyadh, Hajwala’s fascination with the drag racing phenomenon in the Kingdom. In an encounter with the crevices of Algiers, A Wedding Day searches nook and cranny for answers and meaning. In this program we shall confront the city as seen through its human sentiment; its unrequited romance with the surfaces and the roads, the powers that haunt them and the energies that overwhelm.
Walk with us, ride with us, collide with us…through Warehouse421’s new program into the many nights of the Arab city and its very fine heart. Through its chaos and its softness, may the best of it win.
Warehouse421 is a hub for creativity and an active participant in Abu Dhabi’s creative ecosystem, and is dedicated to supporting learning, making, exhibition and commercial activity relevant to the local and regional creative industries. Since November 2015, Warehouse421 has hosted 14 exhibitions and showcased the work of more than 200 local and regional artists and designers, providing a place for creatives to formally and informally convene. Warehouse421 offers public the opportunity to explore their creativity through interactive initiatives including talks, workshops, film screenings and performances.
About Cinema Akil
Cinema Akil is an independent cinema platform that brings quality films from across the world to the audiences in the UAE. Showcasing directors and filmmakers across the decades, Cinema Akil aims to create awareness and interest in film and the cinematic arts. Launched in 2014 as a nomadic cinema, Cinema Akil has held over 60 pop-up nomdic cinemas attracting over 35,000 attendees in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. In September 2018, Cinema Akil opened its first permanent location in Al Quoz, Dubai making it the GCC’s first arthouse cinema. Cinema Akil’s flagship home is brought to you in partnership with Alserkal Avenue. Follow us into the dark.
Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue – Warehouse68
Dubai, Al Quoz
Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue,
Al Quoz Industrial District, Dubai
From Sheikh Zayed Road, take the Al Manara exit (Exit 43) into Al Quoz. Go straight on Al Manara Street until you reach the traffic light facing Home Centre. At this junction, turn right. Continue straight then turn right onto 17th Street, before the Avenue. At the end of the road, turn left onto 6A Street for parking.
The closest metro station to Alserkal Avenue is Noor Bank station. From there, you will need to take a taxi to our location.
Warehouse421, Mina Zayed
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Visitors can park their cars in the available parking spaces next to Warehouse421.
From Abu Dhabi City, Follow the (E10) or Corniche Street towards Port Zayed (Secondary Entrance). Join 20th Street and at the 2nd roundabout turn left.
From Dubai (Travelling on E11):Take Saadiyat Island / Yas Island exit onto Sheikh Khalifa Highway (E12), Continue onto Sheikh Khalifa Highway following the signs for Port Zayed (Secondary Gate). Join 20th Street, and at the 2nd roundabout, turn left. Key landmarks nearby Warehouse421 are Abu Dhabi Vegetable Market and Mina Center.