Cinema Akil - Where We Dwell film screenings in February and March 2016

Cinema Akil's "Where We Dwell" film screenings will conclude on 4th March 2016. Here's the line up of the last few films screening till then. The screenings take place in A4 Space in Alserkal Avenue.


3rd, 4th, 5th February at 7pm

Kiki's Delivery Service

Hayao Miyazaki (1989) 

103’ | English | Japan | Animation, Adventure, Drama | G 

Veteran animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this buoyant adventure about Kiki (whose voice is played by Kirsten Dunst) a young witch striking out on her own. At her mother’s behest, 13-year-old Kiki sets out on a year-long apprenticeship with her black cat in tow.

All is well until she wakes up one day and realizes that she can’t make her broom levitate nor can she talk to her cat. What will Kiki do?


10th, 11th, 12th February at 7pm

A Resident of the City (short)

Adham El Sherif (2014) 

15’ | Arabic | Egypt | Short | PG 

Life in the streets. The boss, the watchman, the ‘big’ one. This film by Adham el Sherif, shows Cairo through the eyes of a street dog, painting an insightful metaphor of a city where social boundaries and street codes define the urban landscape.

Who rules the streets of Cairo? The strongest? The numerous? The most courageous? A tale of companionship and a poignant observation on freedom.


House with a Turret

Eva Neymann (2012) 

80’ | Russian | Ukraine| Drama | G 

An 8-year-old boy travels with his mother towards his grandfather, but their journey is stopped when the young woman dies of typhus in an unknown town. But the boy is determined to go on. Neymann’s film is a visual journey into a country covered in snow and left poor by war.

This is a place of beautiful, deserted landscapes and people overcome by both need and greed. The film is based on motifs drawn from the autobiographical story by Friedrich Gorenstein who penned the script for Tarkovsky’s Solaris.


17th, 18th, 19th February at 7pm

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Göran Hugo Olsson (2011)

100’ | Swedish, English | Sweden | Documentary | G

The 2011 documentary follows the evolution of the Black Power Movement from 1967 to 1975 made entirely from found footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists discovered 30 years later in the cellar of Swedish Television.

Featuring never-before-seen commentaries and interviews from the Movement’s leading artists, activists, musicians and scholars including Stokely Carmichael, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Emile de Antonio, Angela Davis with commentaries by Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Harry Belafonte, Kathleen Cleaver, Robin Kelley and Abiodun Oyewole.


24th, 25th, 26th February at 7pm

The Secret of the Grain

Abdellatif Kechiche (2007)

151’ | French, Arabic, Russian | France | Drama | Unrated

Kechiche’s awarding winning film, The Secret of The Grain, follows Slimane Beiji a Tunisian immigrant who is dismissed after 35 years as a shipyard worker in the port of Sète. Ashamed that he can no longer provide for his family, he buys an old boat and opens up a restaurant that features his ex-wife’s couscous recipe as the signature dish.

Along the way he faces contemptuous bankers, disapproving government workers and relentless urgings from his sons to return to his home country. His only supporter is from Rym, his loving daughter played by award-winning Hafsia Herzi. The film plunges into the heart of a changing culture, the trials and tribulations of a man and his family, and the dreams worth fighting for.


2nd, 3rd, 4th March at 7pm


Carol Reed (1968)

153’ | English | UK | Musical, Drama | PG 

In this award-winning adaptation of the Broadway musical based on the Charles Dickens novel, 9-year-old orphan Oliver Twist (Mark Lester) falls in with a group of street-urchin pickpockets led by the Artful Dodger (Jack Wild) and masterminded by the criminal Fagin (Ron Moody).

When Oliver’s intended mark, Mr. Brownlow (Joseph O’Conor), takes pity on the lad and offers him a home, Fagin’s henchman Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed) plots to kidnap the boy to keep him from talking.

*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