Abu Dhabi's The Cultural Foundation launches film programme

The Moving Image initiative will take place at one of the city's most iconic locations

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Films have huge cultural significance – from Hollywood blockbusters to the moving documentaries and stunning exposés that shift our perceptions and get us thinking long after the credits have rolled.

Movies make memories and connect us together through shared experiences, discussion and even a few arguments – films are important to people of all ages and walks of life.

Sharing cinematic experiences with the people of Abu Dhabi, The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi has launched a new year-long programme.

The Moving Image initiative will highlight the significance of film and plans to rekindle people’s love of cinema by screening films at one of Abu Dhabi’s most iconic locations.

Monthly screenings will be held at The Cultural Foundation at Qasr Al Hosn where a schedule of films selected by Emirati director Nawaf Al Janahi will be shown.

A mix of contemporary film, Arab and world cinema will make up the programme where you can see mainstream films and lesser known releases on the big screen.

The first three films to be shown include Sharp Tools, It Must Be Heaven and You Will Die At Twenty.

Sharp Tools, by Emirati Nujoom Alghanem tells the story of artist Hassan Sharif and his revolutionary work in the UAE’s conceptual art movement, exploring his philosophy, approach and the inspiration behind his greatest works.

On March 20, It Must Be Heaven will be shown, a film that takes the audience on a journey from Nazareth to Paris and then New York, where the Palestinain filmmaker explores the similarities between his homeland and other major metropolises around the world.

Then, on March 27, You Will Die At Twenty will tell the story of Muzamil, a young man who when born was predicted to die aged twenty, and is about to celebrate his 19th birthday.

Alongside the screenings a series of workshops and masterclasses will be held to help develop the appreciation of film and help aspiring filmmakers to make the first steps and develop their skills.

“At DCT Abu Dhabi, we are committed to fostering the arts and culture scene in the capital, where the role of cinema is vital to the cultural ecosystem that reflects profound views of our surroundings,” said Reem Fadda, director of the Cultural Foundation.
“By introducing the Moving Image Programme at the Cultural Foundation, we hope to recreate a platform for the community to interact and learn more about the art of film in a place where film has played a key part in its history.

“The Cultural Foundation once represented a reputable space for watching films, and holding competitions, festivals and events that promoted the Seventh Art.

“We are incredibly excited for the return of these programmes that will present a chance for people to appreciate the wonders and variety of world cinema.”
Various times and dates. Screenings start at 7pm. Cultural Foundation, Al Hosn, www.culturalfoundation.ae/calendar.

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