CinemaNa kicked off on yesterday with What Comes Around, a documentary directed by Reem Saleh. Set in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Cairo the film highlights how communities come together, bringing hope for a better future.

In the film, Saleh reveals the community’s daily struggle for survival and sheds light on their approach to tradition, sickness, and death. The film’s use of music and the proximity and participatory nature of the camerawork allows Saleh to create an intimate portrait of mutual support and solidarity in an inhospitable world poised, quite literally, between the railway tracks. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the director, who spent six years following the community with her camera.

The second screening for this season is MAFAK (Screwdriver), directed by Bassam Jarwabi , which will be showing at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi on Monday, November 4. Set in Palestine, the film portrays the story of a teenager who witnesses his friend’s death – above – in crossfire before being captured by Israeli forces and released fifteen years later. Haunted by the memories of his past, the young man struggles to adjust to modern Palestinian life as the hero everyone hails him to be.

The film screening is supported by the Palestinian Business Council and is followed by Q&As with the director Bassam Jarbawi.

The Academy Award nominated documentary Of Fathers and Sons will be screened at The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi on Monday, November 25. Directed by Talal Derki, the film showcases Derki’s return home, where he gains the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily lives over two years. In this screening, Derki’s camera focuses on the children, providing rare insight into what it means to grow up with a father whose only dream is to establish an Islamic caliphate. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for World Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, Of Fathers and Sons is a work of unparalleled intimacy that captures the chilling moment when childhood dies and jihadism is born. Following the screening, there will be a video Q&A with the director.

Tickets to the film screenings are free to all. For more information on the films, please click here.

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