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The Journey: dir Mohamed Al-Daradji (2017)
17 MayAED 55
During the Holy Month, Cinema Akil is being transformed into Cinemajlis, a dining majlis serving casual, family-style South Asian cuisine and screening award-winning Arab films. Cinemajlis will also host games, talks, and performances by open mic event Blank Space including oud-qanun-piano sibling trio De3bal and feel good singer-songwriter Haranero. Iftar will be served every night followed by films at 9pm and 11pm on weekdays as well as pre-iftar screenings on weekends. There’s limited seating, so book in advance on the website or via the Facebook page; tickets for the iftar plus film are AED 200, for the film alone AED 55.
Baghdad, 2006: a young woman walks into a crowded Baghdad train station, her finger poised on a detonator. As Sara stands on the cusp of committing an unthinkable act, an unforeseen and awkward encounter with a smooth-talking con man interrupts her pan. A variety of coincidences, all at times provocative, promising, or violent, eventually lead her to question what fostered her unwavering commitment to killing in the first place …
The film is in rep with nightly showings to 29 May.