Cinema Akil and Afac collaborate to bring a week of contemporary Arab film to Dubai

The event kicks off on Friday, September 27 and runs until Saturday, October 5

'The Day I Lost My Shadow' was the first Syrian film to screen at the Venice Film Festival and won the Lion of the Future award last year. 
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A selection of contemporary feature films, documentaries and shorts from the Arab world will screen at Cinema Akil in Dubai this week as part of the Afac Film Week.

In collaboration with Afac (Arab Fund for Arts and Culture), the programme will kick off on Friday, September 27, with A Kasha, a romantic drama directed by Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka.

The programme also includes What Comes Around, a documentary by Lebanese-Egyptian director Reem Saleh highlighting the strength in community support in one of Cairo's poorest neighborhoods; Soudade Kaadan's powerful and award-winning Syrian drama The Day I Lost My Shadow; Tunisian feature documentary Railway Men directed by Erige Sehiri; and the Libyan documentary Freedom Fields by Naziha Arebi, which follows the journey of a group of women who, in spite of the political climate and their differences, join together to form Libya's first female football team.

Two special screenings of Twenty Eight Nights and a Poem by Lebanese director Akram Zaatari, a documentary on photography, memory and culture will also be on the programme, in addition to five short films from Lebanon, which will close the film week under the section "Lebanon in Focus".

The Afac Film Week runs until Saturday, October 5. Tickets are Dh52.5. For more information, visit