Tea with Culture

A podcast about the cultural happenings in the United Arab Emirates presented by Hind Mezaina (The Culturist) and Wael Hattar.

For the Love of Film 2015



Why you must watch It Follows


It Follows directed by David Robert Mitchell just got released in the UAE and if it's playing in a cinema near you, please go watch it. I avoided reading about it or seeing any trailers. All I know is that I heard good things about it. Scary and good.

I won't include the trailer, as it gives too much away. But here's the film's synopsis.

For 19-year-old Jay (Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can't shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her.

As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.

With a riveting central performance from Monroe and a strikingly ominous electronic score by Disasterpeace, IT FOLLOWS took the 2014 Cannes Film Festival by storm and will be released by RADiUS in the Winter of 2015.


The ending of the film makes room for a sequel, but I hope there won't be any. It's a great film on its own without turning into a franchise.

It Follows is rated R and 140 minutes long. In the UAE cinemes, the scenes with sexual content are slightly edited and a couple of scenes that contain nudity appear "pixelated"), but none of this spoils the story line. Trust me. 

Here are the three reasons why I loved the film. Whether you're in the UAE or elsewhere, if you get a chance, go to the cinema and watch It Follows. 


The film's style and rhythm 
There are lots of lingering shots in It Follows. The eeriest parts of the film were the over the shoulders camera angles and the panoramic shots. It got me sitting on the edge of my seat, it made me look all over the screen because I felt something was going to happen, that something or someone will jump out of the screen. This film needs to be seen on a big screen to appreciate Robert Mitchell's control over the viewers. 

The film's setting  
It Follows is set in Detroit, but isn't tied to a specific year/decade. There's no clear indication on when the story in is set. It could be in the present or in past, a
nd I liked that about the film. Having said that, the home interiors did look retro. None of the characters were using mobile phones or any modern gadgets. Apart from Yara who was using this clamshell shaped e-reader (that I desperately want) in several scenes. I liked that the film isn't tied to a specific year/decade. 

The music
Oh the music... If you love synth, then this haunting synth heavy film track by Disasterpeace is just for you. You can listen to all 18 tracks below and buy it from here.  I was hooked as soon as I heard the title track on the big screen (no. 2 in the link below) and I knew it would be soundtrack I'd want to own. Although not one to alone late night.  



Exhibition - Fragile States by George Awde at East Wing

© George Awde - Fragile States

Fragile States by George Awde is the latest exhbition at East Wing, opening on Thursday, 14th May at 7pm. The exhibition will go on till 25th June 2015. 

There will be a talk with George Awde and Beate Cegielska, Director of Galleri Image, Aarhus in Denmark at 5pm on 14th May before the exhibition opening. 

It is free to attend, so if you're looking for something intersting to do on a Thursday night, I suggest you come to this. East Wing is one of the handful of galleries in the UAE that shows intelligent photography, so don't miss this.


Fragile States chronicles the transitory existence of a group of young men and boys - many of them migrant laborers, emigrants from Syria and Syrian Kurdistan living in the context of Beirut.

Intermixed with these quiet intimate portraits are landscapes and still lives, which together raise questions around masculinity, citizenship, and the fragile state between adolescence and manhood.  

© George Awde - Fragile States

Considering both land and body, Awde’s work explores the scars of the flesh with those of the soil.  As these men grow and change, the photographs capture physical marks – in the form of tattoos and cuts – giving hints of struggle and survival. Likewise, the landscape allows us to consider our states of belonging. 


Fragile States is a collaborative exchange photographed over a number of years. These photographs act as witness to the subtle passing of time and coming of age for these young men who are caught in-between their unstable homeland and the challenges they face in the margins of Beirut. 



All images courtesy of East Wing.  


Event details
Dates: 14th May - 25th June 2015
Venue: East Wing, Limestone House #12, DIFC, Ritz Carlton Annex, Dubai (location map)
Gallery Hours: Saturday - Thursday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 


BBC Arabic Festival 2015 - Call for Submissions

I only recently found out about the BBC Arabic Festival, a showcase of diverse range of short films and documentaries from across the Middle East, by Arab and non-Arab, professional and amateur filmmakers. 

The second edition will take place this autumn in London. There's a call for submission that was announced a few months ago and the deadline is 13th May 2015. I know that's just a few days away, but if you or anyone you know that might be interested, you have a few more days to apply.

The festival's theme this year is  "Rulers and Ruled: Power in a Changing Arab World". 

"Rulers and Ruled: Power in a Changing Arab World" will explore the struggles for power and control that continue to shake the region. Film and documentary makers, journalists and the general public who are exploring key issues around the Arab world are welcome to submit their work.

People of all backgrounds are encouraged to take their chance with a creative or journalistic piece, conveying a unique, underreported story in response to the theme.


Filmmakers have four categories to choose from:

  • Short Films must be fictional pieces between three and 40 minutes in duration. This can include experimental and animation films. We encourage narratives told with wit, humour and artistic interpretation. We also seek experimental films that use a variety of styles and elements of the audio-visual medium.
  • Short Documentaries must be a work of non-fiction and be between 10 minutes and 40 minutes in duration. We aim to showcase journalistic clarity, precision, balance, fairness, in-depth research and detailed analytical skills in documentary investigations. We will reward films that show courage in dealing with difficult subjects, films that challenge and question power and authority, seek justice or reveal something new about an issue of public interest in the Arab world.
  • Feature Documentaries must be a work of non-fiction between 40 and 90 minutes in length. The Feature Documentary category is for well-researched and accurate long-form visual narrative on an issue covering a period since the Arab uprisings. The films should have strong production values, a compelling arc and engaging central characters.
  • Reportage must be a work of non-fiction and must be up to 10 minutes in duration. The Reportage category will recognise professional and non-professional reporters, journalists and film makers.

Additionally, BBC Arabic will offer the Young Journalist Award to the most promising young person, aged 18-30, with a programme of training, mentoring and equipment worth up to £10,000 and a potential for their project to be commissioned by the BBC.

Full entry details are available here:



Dream Jump in Dubai


In case you've still not seen this. My stomach turns every time I watch it.

Held between 13th and 19th April, Skydive Dubai athletes joined Dream Jumpers as they took the plunge from 400 meters above sea level, on the 99th floor of the Princess Tower in Dubai Marina. 



Compare and Contrast: Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick by Freddy Smith 


Compare and Contrast: Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick by Freddy Smith looks at the how the two great directors approach stories, cinematography and music in their films. It should be of interest to fans of both Hitchcock and Kubrick. And if you've not watched their films, what are you waiting for (all the films appearing in this clip are listed at the end of the video). 


In the end what seems to distinguish them the most is this. Hitchcock makes his movies to entrall. He makes them with with an audience firmly in mind. He knows what will make them scream, what will make them tense, and he delivers it efficiently and in a steady pace.

Kubrick on the other hand has other priorities. He makes his films to be the best it can be in his eyes. He makes it to be true to the source material look, that is a debate in of itself. And to be perfection. He may have an audience in mind when conceptualising the picture, but it is not something he is aware of every step of the way. 

As to say which director is superior, I could not say. I can say that both are geniuses of their field. 





[via Press Play]


Michel Gondry's new Chemical Brothers music video "Go"

I've not watched music videos for a while. But glad I stumbled upon this new Chemical Brothers song and video directed by Michel Gondry. When I saw the above scene in the video, I thought for a split second it was in Dubai because I thought the building was the Dubai World Trade Centre. Alas, it is not.  

Watch it now, the music is just too cool and I really like the song too. (I wonder how long it took the dancers to rehearse till they perfected their moves for this video. 

Film Screening: Dingomaro

Cine Club DXB will be hosting a screening of Dingomaro by Kamran Heidari on Thursday, 7th May at A4 Space in Alserkal Avenue in Dubai. 

The documentary follows Hamid Saeed, one of Iran's best known musicians with African roots, and his dream to bring together black musicians in Iran for a big concert. A documentary about the Afro-Iranian music scene and the musicians behind it. I can't wait to see this. 

The screening is at 7.30pm and will be followed by a Q&A with Kamran Heidari’s gallerist Mojgan Endavi-Barbé of Mottahedan Projects. It's free entry, but get there early to get a seat, the cinema accomodates up to 70 people. You can RSVP on the event page on Facebook


Director, 2013, 45mins


Since his Internet hit Bad Shans (hard luck), Hamid Said has become one of the most famous black musicians in Iran. He’s travelling by motorbike across the prov-ince of Hormozgan, which is situated in the South of the country on the Persian Gulf, in order to realise his dream—he wants to organise a concert with the best black musicians in the country.

Besides Persians, Indians, Arabs and Europeans, the province of Hormozgan—Iran’s “black south”—has been influenced primarily by the descendants of slaves and merchants from Africa. Although Shiites, they still hold Voodoo ceremonies just as their African ancestors did. And wakes in Hormozgan are more reminiscent of scenes from New Orleans, with the mourners dancing in an elated and joyous manner to black rhythms.

Filmmaker Kamran Heidari accompanies Hamid Said as he attempts to make his dream come true. He must overcome numerous hurdles along the way: Hormozgan’s landscape, which is as inhospitable as it is breathtaking—travelling from the coast over rugged mountains to the desert; the African spirit rites; and the resistance of his wife, who is completely against his plan.  

You can listen to Hamid Said's Bad Shans here.

Event details
Date: Thursday, 7th May at 7.30pm 
Venue: A4 Space in Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai (location map)
Free entry. 
Event page on Facebook.   



RIP Ben E. King

RIP Ben E. King (1938-2015) 
He will forever live in your hearts because of this beautiful song.  


1980 – Today: Exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates at Venice Biennale 2015

Emirates Fine Arts Society Exhibition - 1981. Image courtesy of the Emirates Fine Arts Society

The 56th edition of the International Art Exhibition at Venice Biennale is on from 9th May till 22nd November 2015 (the press and VIP preview is between 6th-8th May). 

The UAE Pavilion is taking part with an exhibition titled "1980 – Today: Exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates". The exhibition is curated by Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation and will explore the emergence of contemporary art practices in the UAE over the past four decades, featuring over 100 works by 15 artists.  

This is the first time there will be a historical look at the contemporary art scene in the UAE, an opportunity to learn more about what kind of work was created in the early days of the UAE, way before we had commercial art galleries, a biennale in Sharjah and art fairs in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The exhibition features only Emirati (mostly male) artists, Dr. Najat Meky is the only female artist amongst the 15.  

A part of me is thrilled this is happening, it will be an opportunity to showcase Emirati artists who have been around for 40 years, dimissing the perception Emirati artists only started emerging the past decade. 

But I also wish there are more female artists represented in this exhibition. I can't help but question where are their voices, where's their story and history and this exhibition. I also wonder when will the UAE Pavilion consider including non-Emirati artists, who are part of the contemporary art scene in the UAE. This is the UAE PAvilion's 4th participation at the art biennale, I hope there will be more daring choices in the future editions of the biennale. 

I am looking forward to reading the reviews about this exhibition and hear people's thoughts. Sadly I had to decline my invitation to the preview this week, but I hope to get a chance to visit the biennale later this year. 


About the exhibition:

Inspired by historic exhibitions in the UAE throughout the 1980s, the exhibition will be arranged into thematic groupings, and there will also be works arranged by artist to highlight elements of their practice, and some works will be paired to create dialogues between them. The aim is to encourage connections between works, rather than following a didactic chronology. 

1980 – Today: Exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates was conceived as a retrospective on contemporary art exhibitions in the Emirates over the last 40 years. Through an unprecedented and dense grouping of over 100 works structured to create dialogues between artists and across practices, curator Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, will show the diversity and the history of the art scene in the UAE.

“Reflecting our generation’s collective obsession with memory, many recent exhibitions have been conceived to look at the past in order to reflect on the present. For these archival exhibitions, curators travel the world to discover overlooked artists and art scenes, institutions invest in research, gathering material, and publishing texts. But how do we connect all the information?” said Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi.

“This exhibition and its accompanying publication a invites viewers to make connections directly between objects, historical archives, and the collective memory they represent. The resulting discourse is both personal and collective, and marks the beginning of a much more detailed and intensivere search project.” 

Sheikha Hoor AlQasimi’s research relied heavily on the public archives of the Emirates Fine Art Society (EFAS), a trove of English and Arabic books on visual art, theatre, and literature, as well as catalogs, photo albums and copies of Al Tashkeel, EFAS’newsletter, which has been published since the 1980s.

The Emirates Fine Arts Society is a non-profit association that was formed in 1980 in Sharjah, and has long served as a galvanizing incubator for the UAE’s art scene.


The following 15 artists are taking part in this exhibition and a look at some of the work that will be shown in Venice. 


Abdul Qader Al Rais (b. 1951, Dubai, UAE)

Abdul Qader Al Rais - Al Intithar (The Wait), 1968. Oil on canvas, 79 x 57 cm. Image provided by the artist.

A pioneer of the fine arts movement in the UAE, Abdul Qader Al Rais’s work is inspired by his Emirati environment and the Arabic alphabet. His oils and signature watercolors have been exhibited in more than 30 solo exhibitions around the world, and he has represented the UAE in many international art events. He received a bachelor’s degree in Sharia Law from the United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain in 1982.

Abdullah Al Saadi
(b. 1967, Khorfakkan, UAE)

Abdullah Al Saadi - The Cavity Room, 1991. Animal bones, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation.

Working in drawing, photography, artist’s diaries, and found objects, Abdullah Al Saadi has exhibited both in the UAE and internationally. He received a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, in 1993, and studied Japanese art at Kyoto Seika University from 1994 to 1996. In 2014, Sharjah Art Foundation presented his solo exhibition “Al-­Toubay”.

Abdulraheem Salim
(b. 1955, Dubai, UAE)

Abdulraheem Salim - Intithar Imra’a (Waiting for a Woman), 1986. Relief on brass, 183 x 92 cm. Image courtesy of Sharjah Art Museum.

A painter and sculptor, Abdulraheem Salim has had more than 10 solo exhibitions in the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Egypt. He received a bachelor’s degree in sculpture from the College of Fine Arts, Cairo University, in 1981. 

Abdulrahman Zainal
(b. 1951, Dubai, UAE)

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Painter and sculptor Abdulrahman Zainal has had solo exhibitions at the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation (1992), the Al Ahli Club, Dubai (1992), the Lancaster Hotel Hyde Park, London, (1980), and at Dubai High School (1973). He has shown his work as part of group exhibitions around the world and regularly participates in the annual exhibitions of the Emirates Fine Arts Society.

His awards include second prize for “Environment Day” (1998), second prize for “Expressive Faces” (1998), and the “Golden Dana”, Kuwait (1998). He received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Cairo College of Fine Arts in 1978, and undertook postgraduate studies at Edinburgh Fine Arts College.  

Ahmed Al Ansari
(b. 1954, Sharjah, UAE)

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A founding member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society, Ahmed Al Ansari’s exhibition marking the inauguration of Radio Sharjah in 1972 was the first ever solo exhibition in the UAE.

Since his solo exhibition at the Hilton Abu Dhabi in 1979, he has exhibited his work at many events, including the 21st exhibition of the UAE Fine Arts Society (2003); the 4th Sharjah Biennial (1999); the annual exhibition of Gulf Cooperation Council Artists (1994); and the 9th Exhibition of Fine Art at the Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi (1994).

He was recognized at the third exhibition of Gulf Cooperation Council Artists (1994) as a pioneer of the fine art movement in the UAE. 

Ahmed Sharif
(b. 1978,  Dubai, UAE)

Ahmed Sharif - Untitled, 2006. Acrylic on Canvas, 180 x 140 cm. Image provided by the artist.

Ahmed Sharif is a member of the Board at Emirates Fine Arts Society and served as its director from 2006 – 2008. He has participated in many exhibitions and festivals across the world since 1993. He holds a bachelor’s in Economics from the United Arab Emirates University. 

He has won many prizes nationally and internationally and has participated in the Sharjah Biennial (1997), Cairo Biennial (2001), Arab University Biennial (2001), Mahaba Biennial (2003), Dhaka Biennial (2003), Tehran Biennial (2005), and the EMAAR international Symposium, Dubai (2005). 

Hassan Sharif
(b. 1951, Dubai, UAE)

Hassan Sharif - A to Z, 1983. Collage, photographs and pencil on mounting board, 73.5 x 56 cm. Image courtesy of Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde

A pioneer of conceptual art in the UAE and the Middle East at large, Hassan Sharif has played a major role in promoting contemporary art in the region through his diverse works, which include live performance, drawing, photography, multimedia, and synthetic works.

He was a founding member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society in 1980, and founded the Free Atelier at the Youth Arts Theater in Dubai in 1987.

He published cartoons in newspapers and magazines between 1970-­1979, and received a diploma of Fine Arts from Byam Shaw School of Art, London, UK, in 1984.  

He has participated in many group exhibitions and international biennials.

Dr. Mohamed Yousif
(b. 1953, Sharjah, UAE)

Dr. Mohamed Yousif - Isteeqath (Waking Up), 1984. Wooden Sculpture, 6 x 16 x 123 cm. Image courtesy of Sharjah Art Museum.

A pioneering artist who has made invaluable contributions to the fine arts movement in the UAE, Dr. Mohamed Yousif was a founding member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society, and was Chairman of its Board of Directors for several terms.

Motion and stillness feature prominently in Yousif’s works, which have been exhibited in art events around the world.

He has participated in all exhibitions organized by the Emirates Fine Arts Society since its inception in 1979, and organized the exhibition “Exiting In” at his house in 2003. He is the former chair of the Board of Directors of the Sharjah National Theater.

He received a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Manav Rachna International University, India, a Master’s degree in Fine Art from Webster University, Missouri in 2000, and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the Cairo College of Fine Arts, Egypt, in 1978.  

Mohammed Abdullah Bulhiah
(b. 1953, Sharjah, UAE)

Mohammed Abdullah Bulhiah - (left) Ta’ir (Bird). Iron, 82 x 26 cm. Image courtesy of Sharjah Art Museum. (right) Untitled. Steel sculpture, 50 x 23 x 35 cm. Images courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation.

A natural sculptor whose spontaneous works are inspired by the local environment, Mohammed Abdullah Bulhiah is a member of numerous cultural societies and organizations, including the Emirates Fine Arts Society, the GCC Art Friends Group, Al Jidar Fine Arts Group, and the Al Iyab Fine Arts Society.

He has organized several solo exhibitions, and been involved in a host of local and international art events, including the UAE Fine Arts Society’s exhibitions between 1986 and 1993; the first three Sharjah Biennials (1993-­‐1997); the first GCC States’ Plastic Arts Exhibition (1989), and “Portraits”, UAE Fine Arts Society (1995).

Additionally, he participated in most of the local and international exhibitions organized by the Emirates Fine Arts Society from 1985 to 2000 in 17 countries around the world. 

Mohammed Al Qassab
(b. 1960, Sharjah, UAE)

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Multimedia artist Mohammed Al Qassab is a member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society, where he has served in several positions on its Board of Directors and founded the Outreach program.

He has exhibited in many exhibitions and his works are in the collections of Abu Dhabi’s Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development, the Barjeel Art Foundation, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Sharjah Museum of Art.

As a representative of the UAE, he has won the gold prize twice: at the first GCC Fine Art Exhibition (1989) and at The Silver Jubilee at the GCC Art Exhibition, Muscat (2013). He was recognized by the GCC Ministry of Culture as a GCC Creative Artists in Riyadh in 2012.  

Mohammed Kazem
(b. 1969, Dubai, UAE). 

Mohammed Kazem - Tongue, 1994 (detail). From a series of 45 gelatin silver prints mounted on five corrugated boards, 43 x 43 cm each board. Image provided by the artist.

A member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society, Mohammed Kazem is a conceptual artist whose works depict changes in sociopolitical and natural environments worldwide.

His work has been exhibited at the Havana Biennial (2000), Dhaka Biennial (2002), Singapore Biennial (2006), the University of the Arts, Philadelphia (2010), and at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2012).

He also represented the UAE at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013). His many awards include the first award for synthetic works at Sharjah Biennial (1999), and the Sharjah Biennial Award (2003).

He studied fundamentals of drawing at the Emirates Fine Arts Society (1984-­‐1987), and music at Rayat Institute of Music, Dubai (1990-­‐1991). He recently obtained a Master of Arts degree from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. From 1999 to 2007, he served as supervisor of the Free Atelier at Youth Arts Theater.  

Moosa Al Halyan
(b. 1969, Dubai, UAE)

Moosa Al Halyan - Horse Painting, 1996. Acrylic on canvas, 75 x 99 cm. Image courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation.

A member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society, Moosa Al Halyan has exhibited his work in many group exhibitions, including the second Al Banoosh Exhibition, Al Wasl Club, Dubai, (1984); the sixth GCC Youth Exhibition, Abu Dhabi, (1990); two UAE University exhibitions (1988, 1990); the annual exhibitions of the Emirates Fine Arts Society (1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990); the Teacher’s Society, Khor Fakkan, (1988); the second and third editions of the Sharjah Biennial (1995, 1997); the Arab Youth Festival, Riyadh, (1982); and the Bangladesh Biennial (1996), as well as exhibitions in Madrid, Muscat, Bahrain, and Khartoum.

He won the top prize at the GCC Exhibition, Oman (1988), and the third prize at “The UAE in the Eyes of Its Artists” Exhibition, Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation (1998).

Dr. Najat Meky
 (b. 1953, Dubai, UAE)

Dr. Najat Meky - (left) Portrait, 1982. Welded Metal, 40 x 20 x 20 cm. Image courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation. (right) Portait, 1982. Welded metal, 57 x 30 x 15 cm, Photograph by Alfredo Rubio, Courtesy of the Sharjah Art Foundation


Painter Dr. Najat Meky is a member of numerous cultural societies and organizations, including the Emirates Fine Arts Society, the GCC Art Friends Group, Al Jidar Fine Arts Group, and Al Iyab Fine Arts Society.

She has had many solo exhibitions, including “Distinctive Marks”, Sharjah Art Museum (2001), and other solo shows at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi (2011), the Sharjah Art Gallery (2005), Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation (2006), Abbekos Gallery, Sweden (2007), Emirates Fine Arts Society’s Gallery, Sharjah (2007), and the Cairo Atelier (1992).

Her group exhibitions and international shows include the Luxor 6th Photography Forum, Luxor (2013); Arab Female Artists Exhibition, Sharjah (1995); China International Sculpture Symposium (2008); the first three Sharjah Biennials (1993, 1995, 1997); and the Tehran Contemporary Art Biennial (2002). Her many awards include the State Honor Award in Science, Literature and Arts (2008).

She received a Ph.D. in Metal Coins from Cairo College of Fine Arts in 2001. 

Obaid Suroor
(b. 1955, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE)

Obaid Suroor - Untitled, 1994. Oil on Canvas, 135 x 94 cm. Image courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation.

A member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society, Obaid Suroor is in charge of the Society’s Atelier in Ras Al Khaima. He has exhibited his paintings in numerous exhibitions. 

Salem Jawhar
(b. 1956, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE)

Salem Jawhar - Al Bee’a Al Bahriya (Marine Environment), 2004. Ceramics, 75 x 68 cm. Image provided by the artist.

A member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society, Salem Jawhar has exhibited his work in many exhibitions in the UAE and internationally.  He received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art, with a major in ceramics.  




Film and TV Viewing Log - April 2015 


Here's my list of films and one TV show I watched in April.  I saw a lot in the cinemas in London, which was pure pleasure for me. Said it before and will say it again, nothing beats watching a film on the big screen. Nothing. 

Stand outs: 

- Blade runner on the big screen, plus a varied selection of old and new films in London. Wrote more about it here.  

- Roman Polanski's Repulsion freaked the hell out of me.

- Lisandro Alonso's Jauja for its beaitiful cinematography. Still scratching my head thinking about the ending. 

- Stanley Kubrick's Boxes was a great insight into Kubrick's process and research methods for his films.  

- The pleasure of watching long films in the cinema (in London), Edgar Reitz's Home from Home - Chronicle of a Vision, almost four hours long and Haile Gerima's Harvest: 3000 Years, 150mins long. 

- Jamaa Fanaka's Welcome Home, Brother Charles - bizarre and ridiculously entertaining. 


Here's the complete list:



Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008) ★★★★

Cycles  (Zeinabu irene Davis, 1989) ★★★ 

الإعتراف / Al E'iteraf / Confession  (Saad Arafa, 1965) ★★★

صراع في الميناء / Sira` Fi al-Mina / Dark Waters (Youssef Chahine, 1956) ★★★★

Stanley Kubrick's Boxes (Jon Ronson, 2008) ★★★★

Une collection particulière / A Private Collection (Walerian Borowczyk, 1973)  ★★★

Film of Her (Bill Morrison, 1996) ★★★

Harvest: 3000 Years (Haile Gerima, 1976) ★★★★

Diary of an African Nun (Julie Dash,  1977) ★★★

Jauja (Lisandro Alonso, 2014) ★★★★

Cry of the City (Robert Siodmak, 1948) ★★★

Home from Home - Chronicle of a Vision (Edgar Reitz, 2013) ★★★★

Welcome Home, Brother Charles (Jamaa Fanaka, 1975) ★★★

Daydream Therapy (Bernard Nicolas, 1977) ★★★

Blade Runner - The Final Cut (Ridley Scott, USA, 1982/2007) ★★★★★

Cobain: Montage of Heck (Brett Morgen, 2015) ★★★★ 

Weekend (Andrew Haigh, 2011) ★★★★ 

9 Songs (Michael Winterbottom, 2009) ★★★

Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets (Florian Habicht, 2014) ★★★★

Repulsion (Roman Polanski, 1965) ★★★★★ 

Le Petit Amour (Agnès Varda, 1988) ★★★

A Zed & Two Noughts (Peter Greenaway, 1985) ★★★

Ex Machina (Alex Garland, 2015) ★★★★  

Death Proof (Quentin Tarantino, 2007) ★★★★  

Planet Terror (Robert Rodriguez, 2007) ★★★ 

Elsa la Rose (Agnès Varda, 1965) ★★★ 

Murs Murs (Agnès Varda, 1981) ★★★ 

Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loura / Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl (Manoel de Oliveira, 2010) ★★★

Rocking Cambodia: Rise of a Pop Diva (Marc Eberle, 2015) ★★★

Good Vibrations (Lisa Barros D'Sa, Glenn Leyburn, 2013) ★★★



Links to my previous film and TV viewing log:

January 2015 
February 2015   
March 2015