Cinema Akil in Dubai, an independent movie theatre in the UAE

Time Out Dubai talks to the co-founder of Cinema Akil in Dubai, an independent movie theatre in the UAE, about films, documentaries and animation they show

If you fancy watching a film but would rather see some culture than a load of CGI explosions, look no further than Cinema Akil. The home-grown, independent cinema project has just started its second summer-long series, A Hard Day’s Night, with screenings taking place at A4 Space in Al Quoz.

Films on the bill range from documentaries and science-fiction to silent movies and Japanese animation.

From now until Friday September 2, you’ll be able to watch films that “interrogate notions of the workforce, manufacturing process and industry,” says Butheina Kazim, co-founder of Cinema Akil, who adds that the schedule aims to illustrate films from around the world.

Explaining how the theme was chosen, Kazim says, “We and Alserkal Avenue shared the view that being in the heart of an industrial zone, the topic deserved further reflection and immersion. This programme invites audiences to contemplate industrial processes and their effects on people’s lives.”

Here are three films not to miss over the next few months…


Metropolis
One of the first science-fiction films, made in 1927 by German director Fritz Lang, it takes place in a futuristic dystopia in which the rich rule over the labourers. It was the most expensive film ever made
at the time.
June 29, 30, and July 1, 9pm.


Modern Times

Charlie Chaplin’s last silent film, Modern Times, was released in 1936, when the rest of Hollywood was already making “talkies”. In this movie, Chaplin’s character struggles to survive in the modern,
industrial world.
July 27, 28 and 29, 7pm.


Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
This is the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, which was released in 1971. Peter Ostrum plays golden ticket-winning Charlie, who is introduced to the zany, topsy-turvy world of the confectionery-loving sweet-maker, depicted superbly by Gene Wilder.
August 10, 11, and 12, 7pm.

Free. Wed-Fri 9pm during Ramadan, 7pm after Ramadan. Until September 2. A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.alserkalavenue.ae.

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