Still from Mohamed Khan's Factory Girl
The Safar Festival for Popular Arab Cinema, which includes film screenings and an exhibition from 2 September until 5 October in London, will showcase several contemporary and classic Egyptian films.
In its second edition, Safar's opening ceremony will showcase Mohamed Khan's critically acclaimed Factory Girl (2013) and will include a Q&A with the director after the screening.
The festival will also screen Nadine Khan's Chaos, Disorder (2012), and Daoud Abdel Sayed’s Kit Kat (1991) which was voted one of the ten best Arab films of all time in the Dubai Film Festival, along with I Love Cinema (2004) by Oussama Fawzy.
Safar will also include several iconic films from the Arab world such as Lebanese West Beirut and Moroccan Salvation Army.
Besides the screenings, the festival will also host a forum on 20 September featuring three sessions: The notion of the popular which looks at genre, Revolutionary & revolution in cinema which reflects on Arab cinematic histories and the space of cinema which examines cinema and its possibilities.
Among the speakers are: Mohamed Khan, Nadine Khan, Author filmmaker and curator Viola Shafiq and actor Khalid Abdalla.
The festival will also include a contemporary art exhibition 'Whose Gaze Is it Anyway?' which looks at the history of Arab pop culture through printed matter of posters, notebooks, diaries and book covers. It will also explore the notion of Arab pop culture through film and video.
Safar is organised by the Arab British Centre in association with the Institute of Contemporary Arts and Dubai International Film Festival