Cinema Akil - A Hard Day's Night film screenings in June

A Hard Day's Night is the theme for Cinema Akil's summer film screenings. The screenings will take place between 8th June and 2nd September 2016 in the Cinema Room in A4 Space at Alserkal Avenue

This selection of films is inspired by the overarching themes of art production, dissemination and discourse, which shape the global art world. The films in A Hard Day’s Night will interrogate notions of the workforce, manufacturing processes and industry.

After going through the complete list of films, I don't see how they inspire "overarching themes of art production, dissemination and discourse, which shape the global art world". Nevertheless, it's a good selection of films if you want to see something that doesn't fall under the genres of films normally shown at our cineplexes.

Here's the line up for this month and I will share the rest of the line up at the beginning of the following two months.

8th, 9th, 10th June 2016 at 9.00pm

The Digger

Directed by: Ali Cherri

2015 | 24 min | Arabic, Pashto | UAE, Lebanon, France | PG 

For 20 years, Sultan Zeib Khan has kept watch over a ruined Neolithic necropolis in the Sharjah desert in the United Arab Emirates. Although majestic, the wide-angle shots have no monumentalising intent: the beauty and extent of the site speak for themselves. What is playing out here is the possibility for one man to become part of a landscape that overwhelms him yet seems to need his help.

Seen under the silhouette of a rock about to devour him or as a dwarfed figure spade in hand walking from the back of the frame, Sultan curiously busies himself from day to day to prevent the ruins… from falling into ruin.

Factory Girl

Directed by: Mohamed Khan

2013 | 90 min | Arabic | Egypt | PG | Drama 

Hayam is a factory worker who is living in a low middle class area, along with other factory girls. She thought that her feelings for the new supervisor in the factory can grow bigger in spite of the class differences between them, and although he shared some feelings with her but the cruel reality calls when a pregnancy test is found in the factory and because she did not hide her feelings, everybody accused her of being a sinner even her close friends and family. The factory girl does not want to defend herself and that made her pay a big price dealing with a society that does not accept proud women.

15th, 16th, 17th June 2016 at 9.00pm

The Overnighters

Directed by: Jesse Moss (2014)

2014 | 102 min | English | USA | PG | Documentary 

Award-winning documentary The Overnighters is an intimate portrait of job-seekers desperately chasing the broken American Dream to the tiny oil boom town of Williston, North Dakota. With the town lacking the infrastructure to house the overflow of migrants, a local pastor starts the controversial “overnighters” program, allowing down-and-out workers a place to sleep at the church.

His well-meaning project immediately runs into resistance with his community, forcing the clergyman to make a decision which leads to profound consequences that he never imagined.

22nd, 23rd, 24th June 2016 at 9.00pm

Castle in the Sky

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

1896 | 125 min | Japanese | Japan | PG | Animation, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A young boy stumbles into a mysterious girl who floats down from the sky. The girl, Sheeta, was chased by pirates, army and secret agents. In saving her life, they begin a high flying adventure that goes through all sorts of flying machines, eventually searching for Sheeta’s identity in a floating castle of a lost civilization.

29th, 30th June and 1st July 2016 at 9.00pm 


Directed by: Fritz Lang

1927 | 153’ | German | Germany | PG | Sci-Fi, Drama

One of the biggest film events of the century, a “holy grail” among film finds. Metropolis is ruled by the powerful industrialist Joh Fredersen. He looks out from his office in the Tower of Babel at a modern, highly technicized world.

Together with the children of the workers, a young woman named Maria reaches the Eternal Gardens where the sons of the city’s elite amuse themselves and where she meets Freder, Joh Fredersen’s son. When the young man later goes on a search for the girl, he witnesses an explosion in a machine hall, where numerous workers lose their lives. He then realizes that the luxury of the upper class is based on the exploitation of the proletariat.

In the Catacombs under the Workers’ City Freder finally finds Maria, who gives the workers hope with her prophecies for a better future. His father also knows about Maria’s influence on the proletariat and fears for his power. In the house of the inventor Rotwang, Joh Fredersen learns about his experiments to create a cyborg based on the likeness of Hel, their mutual love and Freder’s mother. Fredersen orders Rotwang to give Maria’s face to the robot in order to send it to the underground city to deceive and stir up its inhabitants.

- Schedules are subject to change, please check our website for updates.

- Screenings are free, open to the public and are on a first-come-first-seated basis.

- Please note the ratings before bringing children or underage adults to the screenings.