The programme will start on Friday May 10 and continue throughout Ramadan and will see Cinema Akil and Project Chaiwala (the in-house eatery) transform the cinema into a dining majlis, serving casual, family-style South Asian cuisine and screening award-winning films.
Cinemajlis will also host games and talks, as well as performances by open mic event Blank Space including oud-qanun-piano sibling trio De3bal and feel good singer-songwriter Haranero.
Iftar will be served every night followed by films, with screenings at 9pm and 11pm on weekdays as well as pre-iftar screenings on weekends.
The next couple of weeks sees the likes of The Journey, directed by Mohamed Al-Daradji and Ext. Night, directed by Ahmad Abdalla coming to the cosy venue, and it’s thought-provoking stuff to say the least.
Ahmad Abdallah’s Ext. Night is a touching satire, which premiered at the 2018 TIFF Contemporary World Cinema section, tackling the inner societal issues in Egypt.
The programme will also include a special series of shorts screening commemorating Nakbah Day on Wednesday May 15 in collaboration with Reel Palestine film festival, alongside the UAE release of Naila and the Uprising, a documentary film by Julia Bacha.
Other films include The Poetess, Scenes from Under Occupation in Gaza, They Don’t Exist, Children Nevertheless and Palestine in the Eye.
We can’t wait to check it out.
Dhs200 (iftar and film), Dhs50 (film). Daily from sunset. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.cinemaakil.com.