The first episode is scheduled to stream on May 7 at 5:00 pm (UAE) and will be available in Arabic or English subtitles.
The first episode is scheduled to stream on May 7 at 5:00 pm (UAE), where film critic Ola Al-Sheikh will interview two-time Academy Award nominee, and Golden Globe winner, Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad. The audience will be able to interact with the discussion and ask their questions through Instagram and Facebook comments.
Held on a weekly basis, the interviews will be available in Arabic or English subtitles on the ACC’s official social media pages and website: acc.film.
Born in Nazareth, Palestine, Abu-Assad made his cinematic breakthrough as a producer for the feature film Curfew (1994) by director Rahid Masharawi. His repertoire includes The Mountain Between Us (2017), starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, The Idol (2015) that was inspired by the real-life journey of artist Mohammed Assaf, The courier (2012), starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Mickey Rourke, and the documentary film Ford Transit (2002).
Commenting on the series, Alaa Karkouti and Maher Diab, co-founders of Arab Cinema Center, said: “We feel it is time to give attention to such content. As the world is taking a break, it is a great opportunity to observe, discuss and reflect on the experience of key international filmmakers and get an insightful look into their latest updates. These talks will be run by the ACC’s prominent list of Arab and international film critics. And, we feel so proud to reveal that Hany Abu Assad is our first guest filmmaker in this series of ACC Talks.’’
Organised by MAD Solutions, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) is a nonprofit organisation registered in Amsterdam since its inception in 2015.