Aflam is a monthly film club based in Abu Dhabi. The club's aim is to highlight and celebrate the best of independent Arabic films and filmmakers, showing independent films to the Abu Dhabi community and creating a film network for like minded people to meet and share ideas.
They've hosted monthly screenings over the past few months (unfortunately, I've not had a chance to go) and this month they will be screening Son of Babylon on Wednesday, 27th June at VOX Cinemas in the Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi. The screenings are free, but you need to register in advance to attend. Visit this link to complete the registration form.
Northern Iraq, 2003. Two weeks after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Ahmed, a 12-year-old boy begrudgingly follows in the shadow of his grandmother.
On hearing news that prisoners of war have been found alive in the South, she is determined to discover the fate of her missing son, Ahmed’s father, who never returned from the Gulf war.
From the mountains of Kurdistan to the sands of Babylon, they hitch rides from strangers and cross paths with fellow pilgrims, on all too similar journeys. Struggling to understand his grandmother’s search, Ahmed follows in the forgotten footsteps of a father he never knew.
This journey will lead the boy to come of age.
Date: Wednesday, 27th June. Doors open at 7.00pm, screening starts at 8.00pm
Venue: Vox Cinema at Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi
Free entry but advance registration is necessary. Complete the registration form here.