Reel Palestine is celebrating 5 Years!
From the 18th to 26th January, 2019
At Cinema Akil in Dubai and Warehouse 421 in Abu Dhabi.
Born from a passion to bring authentic storytelling to screens all over, Reel Palestine is an annual film festival showcasing the latest in independent and alternative Palestinian cinema in the UAE.
Celebrating our 5th year, we’ve created the largest programme yet. Bringing you even more stories of the of the Palestinian people, art and culture with screenings held at Cinema Akil, the UAE’s first art house cinema. Including dèbut documentary screenings, exhibitions, talks and a marketplace showcasing artisanal crafts and treats. Opening night will première What Wala Wants to be followed by a Q&A with executive producer Wael Kabbani. Reel Palestine will also be screening at Warehouse 421 in Abu Dhabi.
First held in 2015, Reel Palestine has grown with over 45 screenings of curated pop-ups held in various arts and culturals spaces within the UAE and internationally. The platform is labor of love driven by the community for sharing stories and heritage primarily through film.
All films are subtitled in English
All Screenings taking place at Cinema Akil will be ticketed.
Over the years we have always tried our best to make screenings free. And whilst we will have two free screenings at The Yard in Alserkal Avenue and in Warehouse 421 in Abu Dhabi, we have decided, together with Cinema Akil, to offer screenings on a paid and ticketed basis.
The good news is this means viewers will be able to have confirmed seats and tickets instead of seating being on a first come first serve basis. We have received a lot of feedback over the years and this is one way we are implementing your thoughts!
We also decided this to ensure the sustainability of Reel Palestine and make sure we are financially able to continue to bring you the best and latest in independent Palestinian film.
Tickets will be available for sale at Cinema Akil's box office:
Tickets are AED 52.5 (VAT included)
▪ Box Office operating hours:
3 pm to 10 pm on weekends
5 pm to 10 pm on weekdays
▪ Age restrictions apply due to the nature and suitability of the film. At our discretion and in accordance with UAE regulations, we reserve the right to request proof of ID and you will be asked to leave if you are under the required age.
▪ Returns and exchanges on purchased tickets are not permitted. Before purchasing your tickets, please select your desired movie, cinema location and session carefully.
Reel Palestine Market
Discover a curated collection of unique crafts, souvenirs and flavors made and inspired by Palestinian traditions.
From iconic colourful embroidery, dolls and keffiyehs to delicious jarred confections, pickles and more. The marketplace will be open from Friday, January 18 to Saturday, January 26 throughout our screenings at Cinema Akil.
So come on by, shop and stay awhile.
This years vendors are:
Inaash. Exhale. Thob. Ayadi by Widad. Harakat. Mooneh. Badira Gifts. Pearl Tree. Kan Yama Kan in Palestine. Visualizing Palestine
YaHala Studio Exhibition
Through out the festival, YaHala Studio will have a pop up exhibit showing the founder’s personal collection of Palestinian print, coins, emblems, cinema posters and magazines from the 1900’s to the early 80’s. It’s a chance to see in person the memorabilia which UAE based artist, Camil Karam has been collecting and digitally archiving for the past ten years. The collection includes unused postcards from the 1920’s and very rare P.L.O posters which gives us a glimpse of the rich design from the past and hand made printing methods.
Visualizing Palestine Exhibition
Visualizing Palestine creates data-driven tools to advance a factual, rights-based narrative of the Palestinian-Israeli issue. Their researchers, designers, technologists, and communications specialists work in partnership with civil society actors to amplify their impact and promote justice and equality.
Launched in 2012, VP is the first portfolio of Visualizing Impact (VI) an independent, non-profit laboratory for innovation at the intersection of data science, technology, and design.
This year we have teamed up with VP to showcase info-graphs on factual narratives that are also being shared across the documentaries being screened during the festival.
Also, look out for their info-graphic coasters on sale at the market!
About Reel Palestine
Reel Palestine is an annual film festival showing a selection of independent and alternative Palestinian films in the United Arab Emirates.. The not-for-profit and volunteer-based organization was set up by group of friends in Dubai in 2014 and launched its first pop-up festival in January 2015 with the purpose of showing Palestinian culture and tenacity through film, submerging viewers in the beautiful, difficult, emotional, and inspirational moments that occur under occupation.
About Cinema Akil
Cinema Akil is an independent cinema platform that brings quality films from across the world to the audiences in the UAE. Showcasing directors and filmmakers across the decades, Cinema Akil aims to create awareness and interest in film and the cinematic arts. Launched in 2014 as a nomadic cinema, Cinema Akil has held over 60 pop-up cinemas attracting over 35,000 attendees in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. In September 2018, Cinema Akil opened its first permanent location in Al Quoz, Dubai making it the GCC’s first arthouse cinema. Cinema Akil’s flagship home is brought to you in partnership with Alserkal Avenue. Cinema Akil is a member of the Network of Arab Alternative Screens (NAAS) which includes members from the MENA region such as Metropolis in Beirut, Zawya in Cairo and Cinematheque du Tangier in Morocco. Follow us into the dark.
We are always on the lookout to hear about how we partner, if you are interested to volunteer or just plain want to connect! As a non-profit community platform we also rely on sponsorships to support our work, reach out to hear more about our sponsor benefits!