Previously at the ICA - Films
4 Jul 2013
As part of the Shubbak festival celebrating the very best of contemporary culture from across the Arab world, two short films followed by the UK premiere of Round Trip, plus a Q&A with the director and lead actor.
For Walid, a taxi driver in Damascus, the only place he can steal a private kiss with his love, Suhair, is in his car. When Suhair is invited by her friend to visit Tehran, she and Walid together board a train from the Syrian capital to Tehran. As they follow the stunning scenery captured beautifully on film, Walid and Suhair finally have an opportunity to get to know each other outside of his taxi...
Followed by Q&A with director Meyar Al Roumi and lead actor Ammar Haj Ahmad, led by Brian Whitaker, journalist and former Middle East editor of the Guardian.
Dir. Meyar Al Roumi, Syria/UAE/Germany/France/Egypt 2012, 73 mins
Fatine has ventured far from the village to meet her older lover. When she is caught by a small boy, all she wants to do is return home. BAFTA-nominated.
Dir. Fyzal Boulifa, UK 2012, 16 mins
During a drive to their future in-laws, members of a family are caught up in their private thoughts. The mother, daughter and son reflect upon their unhappy existence, while the father seems strangely detached in a world of his own. UK premiere.
Dir. Amr Abdelhadi, Jordan 2012, 13 mins
All in Arabic with English subtitles.
The event has been made possible with the cooperation of the Dubai International Film Festival.
Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture. 22 June – 6 July 2013.