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Cinema Akil, the UAE’s independent cinema, has revealed its diverse programmes for the month of December, catering to cinema enthusiasts in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
In a statement, Cinema Akil said: “We unveiled our seasonal outdoor Outpost at 25hours Hotel Dubai One Central, ‘Cinema Akil in 25hours’, this exciting expansion marks a significant milestone in Cinema Akil’s mission to bring exceptional cinematic and cultural experiences to audiences in the heart of Dubai, and the region. All screenings at the new outpost are public and free of charge.”
At the flagship space in Alserkal Avenue, Cinema Akil is set to showcase two new releases along with an experimental cinè-concert co-produced by Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue, and Metropolis. The cinè-concert, performed by Frequent Defect, is scheduled for December 17 at 8 PM at the Yard, Alserkal Avenue.
For Palestinian film enthusiasts, Cinema Akil will host screenings at 421 Art Campus from December 15 to 22 in collaboration with Warehouse 421 and Reel Palestine. This film programme aims to champion independent and alternative cinema from Palestine, offering a unique cinematic experience.
The last two screenings will take place in 421 Art Campus’ outdoor plaza in Abu Dhabi from 7:00 pm onwards and will begin with the screening of a short followed by a feature-length film. Films include subtitles in English and Arabic where applicable.
Moreover, Cinema Akil will participate in the Arabian Days Festival at Manarat Al Saadiyat from December 15-18, contributing to the celebration of Arabic language and culture. Screenings during this festival are open to the public with prior reservations required. The festival aligns with UNESCO’s World Arabic Language Day on December 18, focusing this year on “Arabic as the Language of Poetry and Arts.” This inaugural edition lays the foundation for future growth, aiming to redefine perceptions and enhance the language’s popularity among the target audience. Starting in 2024, the event will become an annual fixture, building on this foundation for continued success.
The selected film lineup for December includes diverse titles such as The Boy and the Heron by Hayao Miyazaki, Goodbye Julia by Mohamed Kordofani, Summer of Soul by Questlove, Farha by Darin J. Sallam, Home Alone by Chris Columbus, You’re Watching Video Music Box by Nasir “Nas” Jones, Rolling Like Thunder by Roger Gastman, and The Black Power Mixtape by Goran Hugo Olsson, among others.