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A Journey Through Popular Arab Cinema

The Arab British Centre, in partnership with the ICA and Dubai International Film Festival, presents Safar, the most ambitious programme of popular Arab film ever seen in the UK.

A truly original programme for British cinema-goers, this week-long series of classic and contemporary cinema takes audiences on a journey of gripping dramas, subversive comedies and exaggerated melodramas, taking in an array of re-mastered cinematic masterpieces and new releases.

With this programme, we explore a fifty-year period of filmmaking that demonstrates the diversity and complexity of Arab cinema. Focusing on Egyptian cultural production (as the historical epicentre of Arab cinema), the programme also includes recent popular hits from Lebanon and Jordan.

The series avoids presenting cultural stereotypes of the conflicted present without shying away from controversy. Instead, Safar: A Journey Through Popular Arab Cinema invites audiences to experience local popular culture and debate film’s effectiveness in conveying social histories.

Including literary adaptations such as The Yacoubian Building and box office smash-hits such as Bosta, as well as films starring cinematic icons such as Adel Imam, a pre-Lawrence of Arabia Omar Sharif, and contemporary stars Nadine Labaki and Khaled Abol Naga.
Book Tickets now on the ICA Website HERE

Random Acts?

Ant Farm, Media Burn (1975)

A critical artist intervention into the hierarchies of broadcast is hardly a novel concept. One needs look no further than the ICA’s current exhibition, ‘Remote Control’, which includes some of these most iconic instances. From David Hall’sInterruptions (1971), considered the very first ‘intervention’ into broadcast in the UK, to Ant Farm’s Media Burn (1975), a lacerating piece that ends with a sports car crashing into a mountain of analogue television screens. There is also Richard Serra’s co-authored short, Television Delivers People (1973), a teleprompter-style work that didactically correlates broadcast television’s consumerist approach – linking content programming to a form of cultural brainwashing.

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