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UK's SAFAR Film Festival to hold fifth edition in hybrid format

Teaming up with the Shubbak festival, SAFAR is the only festival in the UK solely focused on Arab cinema

Ahram Online , Monday 31 May 2021
Safar Film Festival
Still from A SON by Mehdi M. Barsaoui, serving as a cover for SAFAR festival's presentation at the Shubbak's website.
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In its fifth edition, SAFAR, the UK's only film festival focused on Arab cinema, will take place in cinemas across London and online.

SAFAR's fifth edition is curated by Rabih El-Khoury around the theme of Generational Encounters in Arab Cinema. Cinema screenings will take place 1-10 July at the Barbican, the Ciné Lumière, and the ICA. Online screenings will take place 11-17 July, with a programme available to UK viewers.

SAFAR was founded in 2012 by the Arab British Centre (UK). This year SAFAR teams up with Shubbak, the UK's multi-disciplinary festival showcasing contemporary Arab culture including theatre, dance, music, visual art, film screenings, literature, talks, and workshops.

Held biennally, SAFAR's fifth edition was originally scheduled to take place in 2020, but was postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"SAFAR offers a unique space for audiences to connect with, explore, and celebrate the diversity of Arab cinema past, present, and future," reads the festival's statement.

The festival's detailed programme will be revealed on Shubbak's website on 1 June.

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