Cinema Akil September Program



September kicks off with the greatly anticipated Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD - faded television personnel and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden era.

“It’s a heady, engrossing, kaleidoscopic, spectacularly detailed nostalgic splatter collage of a film, an epic tale of backlot Hollywood in 1969, which allows Tarantino to pile on all his obsessions, from drive-ins to doughnuts, from girls with guns to men with muscle cars and vendettas, from spaghetti Westerns to sexy bare feet.” - Variety

This month’s special is INTOLERANCE - D.W.Griffith's epic intercutting between four separate stories about man's inhumanity to man. The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance throughout history. Our special this month is brought to you in collaboration with the Goethe Institut in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

September continues with DIEGO MARADONA - constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage, this documentary centres on the career of celebrated football player Diego Maradona. The documentary was nominated for a Golden Eye at Cannes and received an 87% Tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes.

In collaboration with the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), September ends with the AFAC Film Week, a selection of contemporary feature narratives, documentaries and shorts from 7 countries across the Arab world. Some of the screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the Director or Crew.

The films include A KASHA, a romantic drama directed by Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka, WHAT COMES AROUND, an Egyptian documentary highlighting the strength in community support in one of Cairo’s poorest neighbourhoods. We will also be screening Soudade Kaadan’s powerful Syrian drama THE DAY I LOST MY SHADOW, All screenings taking place at Cinema Akil will be ticketed. Tickets will be available for sale at Cinema Akil’s box office and Tickets are 52.5 (VAT included).

*Schedules are subject to change, please check for the most up-to-date schedule
**Tickets are AED 50 + VAT and are available for purchase online and at the box office.
***Age restrictions may apply due to the nature and suitability of the film. At our discretion and in accordance with regulations, we reserve the right to request proof of ID and you will be asked to leave if you are under the required age.

About Cinema Akil
Cinema Akil is an independent cinema platform that brings quality films from across the world to the audiences in the UAE. Showcasing directors and filmmakers across the decades, Cinema Akil aims to create awareness and interest in film and the cinematic arts. Launched in 2014 as a nomadic cinema, Cinema Akil has held over 60 pop-up cinemas attracting over 35,000 attendees in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. In September 2018, Cinema Akil opened its first permanent location in Al Quoz, Dubai making it the GCC’s first arthouse cinema. Cinema Akil’s flagship home is brought to you in partnership with Alserkal Avenue. Cinema Akil is a member of the Network of Arab Alternative Screens (NAAS) which includes members from the MENA region such as Metropolis in Beirut, Zawya in Cairo and Cinematheque du Tangier in Morocco. Follow us into the dark.

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