Meet the Filmmakers! SAFAR Arab Film Development Workshop October 2021

25 October '21

We’re excited to announce the latest cohort of filmmakers selected to take part in our SAFAR Arab Film Development Workshop. Led by director and educator Saeed Taji Farouky, the workshop brings together six early-career Arab filmmakers or filmmakers working on projects connected to or inspired by the Arab world for an intensive two-day session where […]

Interview: Curator Sherif Dhaimish on Resistance, Rebellion & Revolution

10 August '21

Resistance, Rebellion & Revolution, opening on 19 August at London gallery HOXTON 253, explores the life and works of the late Libyan artist and satirist, Hasan ‘Alsatoor’ Dhaimish (1955-2016). Coinciding with the ten-year anniversary of the Libyan revolution, the exhibition features samples of his anti-Gaddafi regime, pro-human rights illustrations that were published between 1980 and […]

SAFAR Guest Blog: A journey back to the cinema by Ja’far ‘Abd al-Hamid

13 July '21

SAFAR attendee Ja’far ‘Abd al-Hamid shares his experience of this year’s edition exploring Generational Encounters in Arab Cinema. As the train pulls into Barbican station, my reflection in the windows barely shows my eyes above the medical mask that seems to have gotten progressively bigger over these past seventeen months. Walking through the cavernous tunnel […]

Video: Watch back the launch of We Wrote in Symbols

05 May '21

On Thursday 29 April we had the pleasure of hosting the launch of We Wrote in Symbols, a collection of writing on love and lust by Arab women writers.  It is a little-known secret that Arabic literature has a long tradition of erotic writing. Behind that secret lies another – that many of the writers are women. We Wrote in Symbols  […]

Interview: Ali Al-Jamri on Between Two Islands, Poetry by Bahrainis in Britain

14 April '21

Between Two Islands, edited by writer and poet Ali Al-Jamri, is a multilingual poetry anthology showcasing the talent of the UK’s Bahraini community. Over a series of online workshops, thirteen Bahrainis living in the UK gathered each week to express their unique diaspora community experience and learnt how to read and write poetry. Together, they […]

Interview: Bahia Shehab on You Can Crush the Flowers, A Visual Memoir of the Egyptian Revolution

10 February '21

Lebanese-Egyptian street artist, designer, and art historian Bahia Shehab’s latest book You Can Crush the Flowers: A Visual Memoir of the Egyptian Revolution documents the 18 days of the Revolution in 2011. Her book marks the ten-year anniversary of the revolution and tells the stories that inspired her own artwork and those of her fellow-revolutionaries. As an artist and activist, Bahia combines visual […]

Arab Film Development Workshop 2021: Meet the Filmmakers!

17 December '20

We are delighted to announce the 5 early-career filmmakers that have been selected to take part in the Arab Film Development Workshop Online Edition, hosted by SAFAR co-founder, Saeed Taji Farouky, in January 2021. This two-day project development workshop, funded by the Film and TV Charity, brings together early career Arab filmmakers or filmmakers working […]

SAFAR Film Development Workshop: Meet the Participants!

14 September '20

We are delighted to announce the 6 early-career filmmakers that have been selected to take part in the Arab Film Development Workshops hosted by SAFAR co-founder, Saeed Taji Farouky. These two-day project development workshops bring together early career Arab filmmakers or filmmakers working on projects connected to the Arab world. Created as an intensive and collaborative experience, participants receive in-depth mentorship exploring […]

Get Involved: Beirut Relief Initiatives

17 August '20

We stand in solidarity with our friends, partners, colleagues and everyone in Beirut following last week’s devastating explosion that left more than 300,000 people homeless and countless businesses in ruin. We have been in awe of the strength and resilience of the Lebanese people and the ways in which artists and the cultural community have […]

Press Release: SAFAR is going digital!

14 August '20

Press Release: SAFAR Film Festival announces digital programme, SAFAR From Home, to mark what would have been its fifth edition this September London, 12.8.20  For immediate release  The Arab British Centre is excited to announce that this year’s SAFAR Film Festival – the only festival in the UK dedicated to pan-Arab cinema – will be taking place virtually from 13 […]