Directed by Aisha Alzaabi
A story of Emirati women across three generations: Mahra, a young bride; Najla, a wedding organiser in her forties; Um Ali a 70-year-old, who takes care of her grandson Rashid. Each one is in despair. How will their sadness draw out their inner resolve? How are the three women connected?
Taste of Cement (2017)
Directed by Ziad Kalthoum
In Beirut, Syrian construction workers are building a skyscraper, locked in the building site and not allowed to leave after sunset as the Lebanese government has imposed night-time curfews on the refugees. Cut off from their homeland, they gather at night around a small TV set for news about Syria. Tormented by anguish and anxiety, they keep hoping for a different life.
Cinema Akil x Warehouse421 present VULNERABLE: Arab Sensitivity in Focus
This year Warehouse421 delves deeper into the nuances in and around contemporary Arab cinema. Spanning Beirut to Tunis to the Gulf, this season is about pulling from the margins, by highlighting the films which explore and express the vast physical, emotional and socio-political nuances present in contemporary Arab life.
Cinema Akil is an independent cinema platform that brings quality films from across the world to audiences in the UAE. By showcasing directors and films from across the decades, Cinema Akil aims to create awareness and interest in film and the cinematic arts.
21 March 2018
Location: Warehouse421, Mina Zayed
+971 58 524 6362
Image caption: still from Taste of Cement, provided by Cinema Akil,