Arabs and the City series

Arabs and the City series

11 December 2019

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.A Wedding Day (2019)
Directed by: Elias Belkeddar
Algeria
PG | Short Drama | Arabic | 15 minutes

An aging gangster in exile in Algeria drifts melancholically between fascinating women, criminal affairs and the boredom of his existence.

 

Sofia (2018)
Directed by: Meryem Benm'Barek-Aloïsi
Morocco
PG-13 | Drama | Arabic and French

How long can you deny a pregnancy, hide it? Not long, as the 20-year-old Moroccan Sofia found out: her waters broke suddenly in the kitchen of her parental home. Her cousin Lena takes her to hospital, but there they face problems; in Morocco, sex outside marriage is an offence. A woman having a baby can only be admitted to hospital when there’s a man to acknowledge fathering the unborn child. In order to get help, save her family's honour and stay out of jail, Sofia must find the father of her child and marry him as soon as possible. In a calm, unadorned style, Meryem Benm'Barek slowly reveals the scale of the social forces oppressing Sofia. Class differences, written and unwritten rules, hypocrisy and abuse of power all play a role in this self-assured feature debut, in which Sofia tries to stay on top of the situation with far-reaching consequences.

About the series:

This a program of tensions. Come. Prepare to be unsettled.

Warehouse421 presents, a lineup of stories, of the Arab experience with the city. Akin to an environmental reckoning, the program takes us downtown, from Beirut to Cairo to Algiers and beyond to the heart of the Arab city

This season Warehouse421, in partnership with Cinema Akil, brings the Cannes Palme d’Or nominee Capernaum which shook the world over with its jarring displays of humanity in its beautiful and ugly. In Tamer Ashry’s Photocopy, a comedy of fantastical imagination, megapolitan Cairo becomes a theme park of absurdity and laughter. In Meryem Benm'Barek’s Sofia, Casablanca reigns strong, guards its secrets, hypocrisies and unleashes its power. In the adrenaline rush of The Street of Death and Other Stories comes a short documentary roaring through Beirut on the brink of peril. Drifting through Riyadh, Hajwala’s fascination with the drag racing phenomenon in the Kingdom. In an encounter with the crevices of Algiers, A Wedding Day searches nook and cranny for answers and meaning. In this program we shall confront the city as seen through its human sentiment; its unrequited romance with the surfaces and the roads, the powers that haunt them and the energies that overwhelm.

Our film screenings are curated for adult viewers. Parental guidance is necessary for those below 15 years of age. Children below the age of 10 are not allowed.