If there’s anything we’re constantly keeping an eye on, it’s what Warehouse421 and Cinema Akil has up their sleeves. This month, it’s bringing six renowned Arab films to our screens.
With social distancing restrictions still in place, the two organizations have put together an online programme kicking off on February 24, and we’ll definitely be tuning in.
The programme marks Cinema Akil—the GCC’s first arthouse cinema, and Abu Dhabi-based arts and design Centre Warehouse421’s ninth partnership over the course of six years, and as always, they’re putting the best of contemporary Arab cinema on the spotlight.
The selected films include Amjad Abu Alala’s award-winning You Will Die at Twenty. The film centres around a young boy whose life was predicted to end at the age of 20 by his village’s holy man.
The film was Sudan’s first ever Oscars submission after premiering at Venice Film Festival in 2019 and snagging the Luigi de Laurentiis Award. The film also scored the Golden Star for Best Narrative Feature at El Gouna Film Festival and the Best Screenplay award at Carthage Film Festival.
You Will Die at Twenty will be made available to watch on February 24 until March 2. It will be followed by Morad Mostafa’s Henet Ward, Abdulmohsen Aldhabaan’s Last Visit, Clouds by Muzna Al Musafer, and Sherif El Bendary’s Sunday at Five. Ameen Nayfeh’s 200 Metres will close out the programme on April 13.
The films are free to watch, but require registering online.