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Safar Film Festival 2016

Safar Film Festival

14 Sep 201618 Sep 2016

We are offering a special multibuy deal for the Safar Film Festival: book tickets for three or more individual films and get them for £9 each

Safar returns to the ICA for its third edition, with a selection of recent films from Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Palestine, Kuwait, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon: cinema that stands singularly defiant of stereotypes, social taboos and self-censorship. 

In the past decade an increasing number of Arab films have received critical and popular acclaim, earning prestigious awards worldwide, competing in the most respected festivals and even being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. The herald of a new golden age, these remarkable accomplishments are essentially a testament to the vitality, versatility and creativity of filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, cinematographers, composers, editors and actors. In spite of censorship, ruling governments’ proclivity for conservatism and pressures from an ever-shrinking market, the most admirable virtue of filmmakers and film professionals is their fearless and tenacious safeguarding of film’s artistic mission, its ability to capture aspirations and forge a new poetic language. 


Curated by Rasha Salti, this year’s programme includes:

  • Before the Summer Crowds, master filmmaker Mohamed Khan’s uninhibited voyeur drama
  • Love, Theft and Other Entanglements, Muayad Alayan’s absurdist comedy
  • Let them Come, Salem Brahimi’s hard-hitting noir film adaptation
  • A selection of videos by firebrand Kuwaiti artist and filmmaker Monira Al Qadiri
  • Borders of Heaven, Fares Naanaa’s searing drama
  • As I Open my Eyes, Leyla Bouzid’s brilliant directorial debut with music by Khyam Allami
  • Houses Without Doors look at daily life leading up to the conflct in Syria by Avo Kaprealian
  • This Little Father Obsession, a bold and compelling hybrid film by Selim Mourad
  • Starve your Dog, Hicham Lasri’s audacious punk narrative

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