HERSTORY: FILM & THE ARAB WOMAN

HERSTORY: FILM & THE ARAB WOMAN

27 March 2019

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MAMSOUS (2018)

Directed by: Shatha Masoud
UAE
PG | Short Documentary| Arabic | 24 min

While struggling between depression and anxiety, a filmmaker focuses on three people who share their own experiences with clinical depression and panic attacks.

 

CACTUS FLOWER (2017)

Directed by: Hala Elkoussy
Egypt
PG 13 |Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Feature | Arabic | 104 min

Aida (33), a struggling actress of provincial background, finds herself kicked out on the streets of Cairo, together with her old and reclusive neighbor, Samiha (70). With no money and nowhere to go, the two women, aided by Yassin (20), a street-savvy youth, embark on a journey to find shelter. Amid the banal and at times disastrous turns their journey takes, they move along parallel paths of self-discovery. An extraordinary friendship grows among the unlikely trio, like a delicate flower blooming from a thorny cactus.

In partnership with Cinema Akil

MARCH PROGRAM

Warehouse421 is proud to present another diverse program of workshops, an exhibition, short courses, film screenings and events for the people of Abu Dhabi and the UAE this March.

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This month marks the opening of Warehouse421’s latest exhibition, Nomadic Traces: Journeys of Arabian Scripts [opens 16 March], a new exhibition conceived and curated by Dr Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès, that explores the origins of six of the most influential alphabets in the history of the Middle East, and features new commissioned works by artists and designers from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.

This month’s interactive program includes the commencement of a new short course decoding the theory and practice behind documentary films, and the next installment of our popular short course on designing and making brass and silver jewelry. 

Two-day workshops are also being offered for aspiring photographers that want to go from shooting in Auto Mode to using Semi-Manual Modes with confidence, and intermediate photographers that want to make the leap from Semi-Manual Modes to Full Manual Mode. 

The “Khayal” series in collaboration with Early Starters, which brings children’s books to life in imaginative ways, is marking Abu Dhabi’s “Month of Reading” – and the late Dr. Seuss’s birthday! – with a fun and interactive celebration of some children’s book favorites from around the world, featuring Shel Silverstein, a musical bear hunt, and one very hungry caterpillar, among others.    

The “Herstory: Film & The Arab Woman” series, being hosted in collaboration with Cinema Akil and featuring contemporary films by or about Arab women, will continue its run until April 2019, with Mamsous and Cactus Flower – being screened this month. 

Finally, we are proud to welcome the Residents of Art Dubai 2019 – Verónica Vázquez [Uruguay], José Manuel Mesías [Cuba], Flora Rebollo [Brazil], and Jerry B. Martin [Colombia] – to Warehouse421 and we are excited to be playing a part in their immersion in the UAE art scene.

As always, Warehouse421 is proud to be working with a number of local and international partners, including Art Dubai, Cinema Akil, Early Starters, and Gulf Photo Plus, and Khatt Foundation, among others, on its public programs and events this month. 

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