First held in 2015, the not-for-profit and volunteer-based organization, Reel Palestine, has grown with 81 screenings, over 12,000 attendees, 5 film festivals to date, and 2 international curated pop-ups held in various arts and cultural spaces within the UAE and internationally.
Dedicated to depict the past and the present-day reality, Reel Palestine is an annual film festival which brings the Palestinian stories in an artistic form of independent and alternative cinema. For the 6th year, Reel Palestine will present a strong lineup of features, documentaries, short films, and experimental films, all in aim to shed light on real stories of the Palestinian people and also highlight the importance of art and culture.
This platform is ever growing as a result of the labor of love driven by the community for sharing stories and heritage primarily through film.
Join us from the 17th till the 25th of January in the UAE’s only art house cinema, Cinema Akil, as we share our genuine love and deep passion for storytelling, gather around the annual artisanal market to dive and immerse into unique experiences through crafts and arts, and meet with some of the inspiring film makers who will be joining us in collaboritive Q&A sessions to touch on some of the most pressing issues facing the Palestinian people.
All films are subtitled in English
All Screenings taking place at Cinema Akil will be ticketed.
Tickets will be available for sale at Cinema Akil's box office and online at www.cinemaakil.com:
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.
▪ Please note that tickets are available in limited supply at the box office on a first come first serve basis if they are sold out online.
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.