Arabs and the City series

Arabs and the City series

16 October 2019

The Street of Death and Other Stories (2017)
Directed by: Karam Ghossein
Lebanon
PG | Short Documentary | Arabic | 22 mins      

A personal exploration of social relations in Khaldeh, a Beirut suburban neighborhood. Relationships in this area are both structural and symbolic in nature. Power and violence are at the heart of it all. But there are also tales of honor and love. The film is a personal reconsideration of the region of Khaldeh and its people. It is also about wider issues prevalent in Lebanon and the Arab World.

Capernaüm (2019)
Directed by: Nadine Labaki
Lebanon
PG 15 | Drama | Arabic | 123 mins      

Capernaüm tells the story of Zain (Zain al-Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the "crime" of giving him life. The film follows Zain as he journeys from gutsy, streetwise child to hardened 12-year-old "adult" fleeing his negligent parents, surviving through his wits on the streets, where he meets Ethiopian migrant worker Rahil, who provides him with shelter and food, as Zein takes care of her baby son Yonas in return. Zein later gets Jailed for committing a violent crime, and finally seeks justice in a courtroom.

 

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.