Fire Walk With Her – Cinema Akil

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Fire Walk With Her

Say mashallah; for here she is: back in the game, no stranger to the night. It's been 614 nights since she held your gaze and here she is running through Mina Zayed; burning all those nights...arriving at you...offering no apology.

Fire Walk With Her is a forcefield of film that dares to call David Lynch only by her name; dancing to the rhythm of Mariem Hassan, Aziza Galal and Cheikha Rimitti's souls possessing her veins.

Engaged in a state of play with Warehouse421's fall exhibition As We Gaze Upon Her, this homecoming series; returns triumphantly to Warehouse421; with films by women who carry their stories around their necks, crowning their heads, woven through their voice, baring tales that twist and turn around their limbs scorching the eyes of their onlookers enchanting those who choose to stay.

Dressed as a Cerberus; a sleuthing trifecta of rage, silence adorned with that vacuous sadness of animated smiles; the program will open in October. Featuring the UAE premiere of the Saudi rising star Sara Mesfer's short narrative The Girls Who Burned The Night (Saudi Arabia), Nicholas Fattouh's animated loving letter to his teta How My Grandmother Became a Chair (Lebanon) and Maryam Touzani's Adam (Morocco) her piecing ode to female friendship. In November, despair takes to fantasy with the imagined refuge of Maysaa Almumin's Bent Werdan (Kuwait) and her cockroach friendship and the dark nights of Hala's soul in Hisham Saqr's Certified Mail (Egypt). In December, she will shake it off and destiny's plans along with it. The program closes in December; but only on her terms.In Suzannah Mirghani's Al Sit (Sudan) the girl will say no; while another will demand only a yes as Mayye Zayed's observing gaze honors her pursuit of triumph. The films in this program will leave you mortified, curious and if all goes well; they will humbly devour you. She will leave you breathless, hopeful with your gaze permanently locked upon her. So come, Fire....walk with her! For Water will laugh, Air will crumble and Earth will just dance with her too.

Location: Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi.


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.

About Warehouse421

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.



Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, UAE

LATITUDE 24.517315

LONGITUDE 54.370661


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.