SAFAR Film Festival: Glasgow Screenings

22 June '24 - 29 June '24

The UK’s largest festival of Arab cinema screens at Glasgow Film Theatre.

Bye Bye Tiberias + Q&A (22 June, 20:00)
Lina Soualem
France, Palestine , Belgium, Qatar | 2023 | 82’ | French, Palestinian Arabic
Closed captions and Audio Description available
Feature documentary

In her early twenties, Hiam Abbass left her native Palestinian village to follow her dream of becoming an actress in Europe, leaving behind her mother, grandmother, and seven sisters.
30 years later, her filmmaker daughter Lina returns with her to the village and questions for the first time her mother’s bold choices, her chosen exile and the way the women in their family influenced both their lives.
SAFAR Film Festival is delighted to present an exclusive Q&A preview tour of Bye Bye Tiberias ahead of its UK release by T A P E Collective.

Inshallah A Boy (24 June, 20:15)
Amjad Al Rasheed
Jordan, France, KSA, Qatar | 2023 | 113’ | Arabic
Feature fiction

A powerful feature debut and survival and hope. After the sudden death of her husband, working mother Nawal has to fight for her inheritance in order to save her daughter and home in a society where having a son would be a game changer.

Goodbye Julia (27 June, 18:10)
Mohamed Kordofani
Sudan, Egypt, Germany, France, KSA, Sweden | 2023 | 120’ | Arabic

Set in Khartoum just before the secession of South Sudan, Mona, a married former singer from the north, seeks redemption for causing the death of a southern man by hiring his oblivious wife as her maid.
Goodbye Julia world premiered at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard where it won the Freedom Prize.

Soraida, A Woman of Palestine (29 June, 17:30)
Tahani Rached | Canada | 2004 | 120’ | Arabic
Feature Documentary

This documentary captures the reflections, concerns and imagination of a Palestinian woman, her family and her neighbourhood: the soul of a nation that is doing its best to survive the war and occupation. Produced 20 years ago, today it offers a portrait of life in Ramallah at the turn of the century and an insight into the daily realities of Palestinians over the decades.

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SAFAR Film Festival, the UK’s largest festival of Arab cinema, screens in 9 UK cities from 18-30 June and is supported by the British Film Institute, awarding funds from the National Lottery, British Council, Bagri Foundation and Barjeel Art Foundation.
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