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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.

ASMAA: Award-winning Egyptian film directed by Amr Salama to show at The Coronet Cinema, Notting Hill Gate on 30 November. Curated by Yasmin El Derby and Nabil Elouahabi and with the support of MAD Solutions (Egypt), will bring to a London audience the astonishing story based on fact about the strength and determination of an HIV Positive woman living in contemporary Egypt. Asmaa attempts to keep her status a secret from a judgmental society and faces a huge dilemma when she is offered hope through a television appearance after doctors refuse to operate on her gallbladder due to her condition. Truly not to be missed!

Sara Shamma, Q: A first solo exhibition in London of the work of the Syrian artist Sara Shamma, that centres on her most important pieces to date: a 16.5m long 'Q' comprising ten individual paintings that fit together as a composite whole. The work serves as a metaphor for a transformative space where the individual metamorphoses into assuming the identity of the group, where we witness the dilution of the individual as the pressure of the group mentality encroaches upon him. We get a rare insight into Shamma's personal experience of recent events in the Middle East and of her native Syria. To be held from 28 November to 2 December, 2012 at the Upper Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art. Free entry.

'The Modern Arab Woman' Discourses and Alternative Narratives: Lecture by Professor Amira Sonbol, from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, to be held at SOAS, University of London on Friday 22 November, 2013 from 6.30-8pm, part of the Qatar Foundation UK Lecture Series. Among other points of research, the presentation will propose a reading of history that illuminates complex questions pivoting around relating to the variability of Arab women's experiences and struggles across time and space. Event is free and open to the public, but you must register beforehand.

One World Media Festival 2013: A two-day festival to celebrate ‘the Media’ and the role it plays in helping to create and effect positive global change. Organised by One World Media in association with Open City Docs, the two-day programme on 8-9 November, 2013 will feature keynote presentations, industry panel discussions, workshops, debates and lots of film screenings to explore how the use of the Media has impacted on the issues of human rights, development and international affairs. Although free to attend, you must book ASAP for a guaranteed place.

The Bombing of Al-Bara: Screening of Olly Lambert's 2012 live and raw footage of the bombing of Al-Bara village in Syria on 28 October 2012. Part of the Between The Lines Follow-Up Events programme, this film documents the shocking impact of the Syrian regime's strike on a civilian population and the experience of being a war-journalist on the frontline. Presented by the Doc House and The Frontline Club, the screening will take place on 29 October at The Ritzy cinema, followed by a Q & A with Olly Lambert.

GIBRAN The Play, Gibran's Rest Upon the Wind: Written by Nadim Sawalaha, directed by Arne Pohlmeier and produced by Ali Matar, this great production returns to London's West End following a sell-out tour in the UK and the Middle East. The play is inspired by Khalil Gibran's most famous book The Prophet, that was written over a hundred years ago in 1923 in New York by Lebanon's best known poets and painter. Showing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 17 November, 2013. 

A World Not Ours: Multi-award winning documentary film by Palestinian director Mahdi Fleifal, presented by Doc House at Rich Mix Cinema, at 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA on 31 October 2013. Fleifal offers an insight into the daily life for the Palestinian refugees living in exile in Lebanon's Ain el-Helweh refugee camp (where 70,000 displaced Palestinians exist), where he was born and lived before emigrating to Denmark with his family. In this, he combines his footage with that of his father's from the 1980s and 1990s offering a warm portrait of the daily struggles faced by his people.

Syria: Changing Media Coverage? At the Frontline Club on 19 November, 2013. A panel of journalists, editors and safety experts will discuss the challenges to journalism that have arisen from the Syria conflict. To date, a number of journalists have lost their lives in reporting from the conflict zone, some have been kidnapped and others are still missing.

Short Stories from the Arab World: The Banipal Book Club will host three 20-minute story-telling circles, each with a different story from a different Arab country, published in recent Banipal issues and books. These interactive performances will be complemented by Moroccan refreshments. Part of the Nour Festival 2013, this event will take place on 24 October, 2013 at the Kensington Central Library. It is free but booking is required.

Effect of the Arab Spring on Egypt's Culture: Discussion between Tarek Osman (author of the internationally acclaimed book Egypt on the Brink) and Anthony Sattin (British journalist, broadcaster and author). They will address the future of the Arab world, the intersection between politics, economics and demographics and the emerging new regional geopolitical order. The event will take place at Leighton House Museum on 21 October, 2013. 


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.