Film screening of Wajib, 2018 in Mirage City Cinema. Image courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation



As part of its autumn 2018 programming, Sharjah Art Foundation will present public film screenings on Fridays and Saturdays from Saturday, 6 October to Friday, 16 November 2018 in its open-air Mirage City Cinema, Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah.

The foundation’s Film Programme regularly screens a wide range of films and genres, including independent films, world cinema, classics, works by both established and upcoming directors, and specially curated series that explore particular themes.

The autumn 2018 season will transport UAE audiences from Sharjah to Congo, Pakistan and beyond, with films such as Félicité, which is set in Kinshasa; Villa Touma, set in Ramallah; and Dukhtar, set in the mountains of Pakistan. Each of the plots of the films screened will focus on a personal tale of a protagonist who must navigate a variety of contemporary social challenges.

This season will also feature Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari’s internationally acclaimed film Looking for Oum Kulthum, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, as well as a series of short films from Southeast Asia.

The schedule for the autumn 2018 film screenings follows below:

Saturday, 6 October 2018

o Félicité, 2017 (129 min)
Directed by Alain Gomis
Lingala, French (Arabic and English subtitles)

Saturday, 20 October 2018
An Evening of Short Films from Southeast Asia

o The Anthem, 2017 (5 min)
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Thai (Arabic and English subtitles)

o Letter to a Bird, 2017 (6 min)
Directed by Shunn Lei Swe Yee, Lin Hnin Aye, Khin Warso, Khine Min Soe, Sai Naw Kham, Slyne Mon, Sai NyiNyi
Burmese (Arabic and English subtitles)

o Hands Around in Yangon, 2012 (7 min)
Directed by Moe Satt
No dialogue

o The Place, 2014 (7 min)
Directed by Khin Khin Su
Burmese, Czech (Arabic and English subtitles)

o Chasing Roses, 2015 (11 min)
Directed by Kriz Chan Nyein
English (Arabic subtitles)

o Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month, 2017 (13 min)
Directed by Carlo Francisco Manatad
Tagalog (Arabic and English subtitles)

o Kampung Tapir, 2017 (17 min)
Directed by Aw See Wee
Mandarin, English, Malay (Arabic and English subtitles)

o Dragon Beach, 2010 (19 min)
Directed by Wai Mar Nyunt
Burmese (Arabic and English subtitles)

o Nyi Ma Lay, 2017 (20 min)
Directed by Chiang Wei Liang
No dialogue

o The Malediction, 2016 (27 min)
Directed by Makbul Mubarak
Indonesian, Javanese, Arabic (Arabic and English subtitles)

Friday, 2 November 2018

o Looking for Oum Kulthum, 2017 (90 min)
Directed by Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari
Persian, English, Italian, Arabic (Arabic and English subtitles)

Friday, 9 November 2018

o Villa Touma, 2014 (185 min)
Directed by Suha Araf
Arabic (English subtitles)

Friday, 16 November 2018

o Dukhtar, 2014 (93 min)
Directed by Afia Nathaniel
Urdu and Pashto (Arabic and English subtitles)

The film screenings are free and open to the public. To learn more and view the full schedule, visit

About Sharjah Art Foundation

Sharjah Art Foundation is an advocate, catalyst and producer of contemporary art. Through the Sharjah Biennial; the annual March Meeting; year-round exhibitions; film and music programmes; education and community outreach programmes; grants; residencies; commissions; and publications, the foundation encourages a shared understanding of the transformational role of art.

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