Curious Inbox

  • SAFAR Film Festival - A Literary Journey Through Arab Cinema - London 13-18 September, 2018

Curious Inbox

Below are entries of current Arab-British related events taking place in London that you might wish to attend, festivals and exhibitions that are happening and other entries I receive in my Nahla Ink Inbox. Please contact me if you would like to be listed.

A World Not Ours: Film preview plus Q + A with the Director Mahdi Fleifel at the Frontline Club on 7 February, 2014. Filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel spent his formative years in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Helweh in Lebanon. Each time he went back to the camp for his summer holidays he kept video diaries. As an adult he returns, challenging his teenage belief that ‘going to Ain el-Helweh is better than going to Disney Land’. A World Not Ours is an intimate, and often humorous, portrait of three generations of exile, based on a wealth of personal recordings, family archives, and historical footage. 

Blurred Borders, The Spill-Over Risks of the Syrian Conflict: Discussion over civil war and the dangers it holds for neighbouring states. Almost three years into the political and humanitarian crisis in Syria, panel will discuss the challenges posed for peace and stablitily in the region and what can be done to prevent the crisis from stoking existing tensions in countries such as Lebanon. Organised by International Alert at the Frontline Club on 6 February, 2014, panel will include Julien Barnes-Dacey (European Council on Foreign Relations), Victoria Stamadianou (International Alert), Nadim Shehadi (Chatham House) and Chaired by Dan Smith (International Alert).

Attab Haddad Quintet:  With his top-flight ensemble, Oud virtuoso Attab Haddad blends Andalusian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern sounds with contemporary jazz approaches to create story-like compositions with the breadth of the Sahara and the intricacy of the Alhambra Palace. Founded in 2008, the Quintet has been very well received and appeared live on BBC Radio as well as playing at some of London’s finest venues including Cadogan Hall and The Forge. They have performed at The London Jazz Festival in both 2011 and 2012. This concert will take place on 6 February, 2014 at The Forge.

Dictums: Manqia I, Wael Shawky: The Lisson Gallery presents one of the most powerful and urgent voices to emerge from the Middle East in the last decade. Wael Shawky explores systems of belief and reinterprets faith, myth and history through the lens of the modern media. Dictums: Manqia I (2014) reveals herds of prize black camels driven across the desert, perhaps en route to one of the prestigious camel parades or beauty pageants that are held in the Gulf region, known as mazaynas. Having previously worked with the indigenous cultures and traditions of nomadic Bedouin tribes people, Shawky charts patterns of the physical, economic and intellectual migration in this video, shot by the artist on location near Abu Dhabi. Exhibition from 31 January-8 March, 2014.

Lebanese Rocket Society: As part of its continuing Middle East films programme, the Crossway Foundation presents the Lebanese Rocket Society, directed by Khalil Joreige & Joana Hadjithomas. This internationally acclaimed documentary excavates a forgotten moment in history and recalls the utopian possibilities that ultimately lost out to civil and regional conflict. Film screening will be 23 January, 2014 at Edge of Arabia Gallery, 40 Elcho Street, London, SW11 4AU. Free admission, but RSVP required.

The Keepers of Infinite Space: By Omar El-Khairy with contributions from Caroline Rooney, the team behind 2012’s international hit The Fear of Breathing return with a hard-hitting examination of the Israeli prison system, one of the central issues in the ongoing search for peace, exploring the dynamics to reveal a fraught legacy for Israelis and Palestinians. Presented by Park Theatre, The Moving Theatre and Global Uncertainties, between 22 January-16 February, at Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP

Marwan Sahmarani, Black Moon: A solo exhibition at Kashya Hildebrand Gallery of the artwork of the Lebanese Marwan Sahmarani, with his continuing focus on the medium of oil paint. From simple compositions of defined lines and graphic figures, Sahmarani’s paintings have transformed; and, over the years, defined figures and human shapes have dissipated to make way for freer forms and a bolder application of colour. From 9 January-24 February 2014, at the Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, 22 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DE.


Made In Morocco: Moroccan Fine Art will present an exhibition in partnership with Moroccan Bazaar. Offering a poetic and imaginative journey into the world of Moroccan culture through the artworks of Mustapha Amnaine, Hassan Boukhari and Said Qodaid. Event from 20 January-20 February 2014 at Art Moorhouse, 120 London  Wall, Greater London, EC2Y 5ET.

Kalimat Magazine, Submissions: Open call for submissions from Arab writer and other creatives from around the world to be included in Issue 09. The deadline has been extended until 1 February 2014. Kalimat is a non-profit, independent, media production organisation that features bold, engaging political, design, film, fashion, literature, musical and new media content.

The Square, Preview Screening And Q+A: The Frontline Club presents the Oscar shortlisted documentary film directed by Jehane Noujaim that looks at the events which have taken place at Cairo, Egypt's Tahrir Square, where over two years, the Egyptians have come out to demand change and seen through the eyes of several young revolutionaries. Screening takes place on 16 January, 2014 at The Frontline Club and will be followed by a Q+A with Khalid Abdalla (an actor who put his career on hold to document the revolution).


Below are entries of current Arab-British related events taking place in London that you might wish to attend, festivals and exhibitions that are happening and other entries I receive in my Nahla Ink Inbox. Please contact me if you would like to be listed.