The 2021 edition of SAFAR is curated by Rabih El-Khoury around the theme of Generational Encounters in Arab Cinema, showcasing contemporary and classic films with emergent youth, familial disparities and societal tensions at their centre.
The SAFAR From Home programme runs online from 13 - 20 September and offers 5 screenings for audiences to view online for a week, plus 5 live events over 5 evenings featuring leading filmmaking talent from across the Arab world and the UK. The events programme is accessible across the globe; film access is restricted to the UK but with some variations.
The only festival in the UK solely focused on programming Arab cinema, Safar returns for its fourth edition with a new theme: literary adaptation and influence in Arab Cinema. Held at the ICA and the Institut Francais, Safar will examine the enduring and symbiotic relationship of literature and film in the Arab world, presenting a rich and diverse programme of cinema from the 1960s to the present day.
The only festival in the UK solely focused on programming Arab cinema, Safar returns to the ICA for its third edition with a selection of UK premieres ranging from Morocco all the way to Kuwait.
After the phenomenal success of the inaugural festival in 2012, the Arab British Centre returns to the ICA with Safar. The only festival in the UK solely focused on programming popular Arab cinema, Safar includes UK premieres alongside classics of the Arab silver screen. These will be accompanied by Q&As, special introductions and a day-long forum which will bring together some of the most significant figures in Arab cinema. Safar has expanded its scope this year to include an exhibition of vintage Arab movie posters, memorabilia and contemporary art inspired by film, all shown in the UK for the first time.
In September 2012 the Arab British Centre in partnership with the ICA and Dubai International Film Festival presented Safar: A Journey Through Popular Arab Cinema, the most ambitious season of popular Arabfilmever seen in the UK.