Rania Stephan, The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni (still), 2011. Video, 70 min


The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni (2011)
Friday, 3 April 2020
8:30 pm
Suitable for ages 18+
SAF Online: Film

The Landing (2019)
Friday, 17 April 2020
8:30 pm
SAF Online: Film

The Sharjah Art Foundation Film Programme is now bringing scheduled screenings to audiences at home. Part of SAF Online, the Foundation’s initiative to connect with visitors digitally, the programme allows anyone to enjoy a range of award-winning independent films and cinema classics to livestream screenings on any digital device.

Screening online this Friday, 3 April 2020 is the acclaimed documentary film The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni (2011), directed by Rania Stephan. This film delves deep into the controversial life of Soad Hosni, famously known as the ‘Cinderella of Egyptian Cinema’, and uses the technique of filmic montage to create a moving portrait of the actress, addressing the rumours surrounding her lifestyle and the mystery behind her death. Part of the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection, this film was co-commissioned by the Foundation, produced by Joun Films, and co-produced by the Beirut-based Arab Fund for Art & Culture (AFAC), The Post Office and forward Production, with the support of CNC, Paris; FIDLab, Marseille; and Serpentine Gallery, London.

The long-form narrative film, The Landing (2019), directed by renowned artist Akram Zaatari will be screened online on Friday, 17 April 2020. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation for Sharjah Biennial 14, the film takes place in Shaabiyat Al Ghurayfah, a public housing project built in the village of Al Madam in the early 1980s, and reconstitutes historical narratives through sound, visuals and performances and features audio interviews with former residents of the area, which are interspersed throughout the soundtrack of the film.

The French-Senegalese classic Black Girl (1966), directed by Ousmane Semebene, was digitally screened on 27 March 2020. The film tells the story of a young Senegalese woman who moves to France in the hope of a better life.

Livestream links are embedded on our website. Visitors can access the screening by visiting the film programme page a clicking on the link corresponding to the film.

The screenings start at promptly at 8:30 pm and cannot be streamed on demand. Viewers that join the streaming at a later time will not be able to watch the film from the beginning.

Future screenings and upcoming films will be announced via our website and social media channels.

About Sharjah Art Foundation

Sharjah Art Foundation is an advocate, catalyst and producer of contemporary art within the Emirate of Sharjah and the surrounding region, in dialogue with the international arts community. Under the leadership of founder Hoor Al Qasimi, a curator and artist, the Foundation advances an experimental and wide-ranging programmatic model that supports the production and presentation of contemporary art, preserves and celebrates the distinct culture of the region and encourages a shared understanding of the transformational role of art. The Foundation’s core initiatives include the long-running Sharjah Biennial, featuring contemporary artists from around the world; the annual March Meeting, a convening of international arts professionals and artists; grants and residencies for artists, curators and cultural producers; ambitious and experimental commissions and a range of travelling exhibitions and scholarly publications.

Established in 2009 to expand programmes beyond the Sharjah Biennial, which launched in 1993, the Foundation is a critical resource for artists and cultural organisations in the Gulf and a conduit for local, regional and international developments in contemporary art. The Foundation’s deep commitment to developing and sustaining the cultural life and heritage of Sharjah is reflected through year-round exhibitions, performances, screenings and learning programmes in the city of Sharjah and across the Emirate, often hosted in historic buildings that have been repurposed as cultural and community centres. A growing collection reflects the Foundation’s support of contemporary artists in the realisation of new work and its recognition of the contributions made by pioneering modern artists from the region and around the world.

Sharjah Art Foundation is a legally independent public body established by Emiri Decree and supported by government funding, grants from national and international nonprofits and cultural organisations, corporate sponsors and individual patrons. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

About Sharjah

Sharjah is the third largest of the seven United Arab Emirates and the only one bridging the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Reflecting the deep commitment to the arts, architectural preservation and cultural education embraced by its ruler, Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Sharjah is home to more than 20 museums and has long been known as the cultural hub of the United Arab Emirates. It was named UNESCO's Arab Capital of Culture in 1998 and the UNESCO World Book Capital in 2019.

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