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Arab cinema in the spotlight in London during the SAFAR film festival

The British film festival SAFAR, dedicated to the presentation of films from the Arab world, is back! From July 1st to 17th, and organized by the Arab British Center, this sixth edition will take place at the Barbican, London's iconic cultural center. An eagerly awaited event...

This year’s festival will use a hybrid model of online and in-person events spread across London cinemas. Organized by Lebanese film scholar Rabih El-Khoury, this year’s festival will focus on the theme “Generational Encounters in Arab Cinema” to highlight emerging youth, family disparities and societal tensions. On the program: Three premieres, over 20 films screened and a series of debates and events! 

But that’s not all. This year, and for the first time, the festival will be co-organized with the Shubbak Festival of Contemporary Arab Culture, an organization highlighting and supporting the diversity, creativity and innovation of Arab artists. 

This year’s SAFAR Film Festival marks our first partnership with our friends at the Shubbak Festival, which, after a difficult year for the cultural sector, offers our two organizations the opportunity to join forces and amplify the voices of Arab artists and filmmakers across the UK” added the event’s head honcho. 

After the closure of cinemas and cultural venues due to restrictions on social gatherings because of the global pandemic, the organizers are looking forward to this event

“I am absolutely thrilled to be curating the sixth edition of the SAFAR Film Festival” says El-Khoury. “We are looking forward to returning to theaters with the festival’s largest program to date, and we have a fantastic lineup of screenings exploring our theme of generational encounters” 

The long-awaited festival will open with the premiere of the new film “Souad” by Egyptian director Ayten Amin