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SAFAR Film Festival: Generational Encounters in Arab Cinema
Institute of Contemporary Arts
8 – 10 July 2020

The ICA is thrilled to partner once again with the SAFAR Film Festival, dedicated to cinema from the Arab world. Home of the festival since its inception in 2012, the ICA renews its support to the festival run by The Arab British Centre, which offers a unique space for audiences to explore and celebrate the diversity of Arab cinema past, present, and future. 

The 2021 edition of SAFAR is curated by curator Rabih El-Khoury around the theme of Generational Encounters in Arab Cinema, showcasing contemporary and classic films focusing on the themes of emergent youth, familial disparities and societal tensions. 

This year, the programme features a selection of recently released films from Egypt, Sudan and Palestine, and the festival’s annual selection of shorts fitting their theme. 

SAFAR Film Festival: Generational Encounters in Arab Cinema is presented in partnership with the Shubbak Festival and is supported by Barjeel Art Foundation and by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.

Visit the festival’s website here

Thursday 8 July, 6:30pm
A mother and her daughter explore together the trajectory of four generations of women from their family, an Egyptian family from the Levant where life and cinema have been intimately linked and still are.

Thursday 8 July, 9:15pm
Amjad Abu Alala’s debut feature follows the life of Muzamil from birth until his 20th birthday in Sudan.

Friday 9 July, 8:40pm
Shot over four years, this documentary is an intimate journey into the inner life of an aspiring athlete in Egypt.

Saturday 10 July, 3.30pm
Responding to this year’s overarching festival theme Generational Encounters, this programme of short films foregrounds some of the most remarkable works coming from the Arab world in the past two years.

Saturday 10 July, 6pm
In Ameen Nayfeh’s accomplished feature debut, a Palestinian father navigates the complexities of life under occupation, where the wall separates him from his family.