The Time is New: Selections from Contemporary Arab Cinema

September-October 2021

Discover a wealth of contemporary Arab cinema.



‘It was believed that meaning would inhabit us then withdraw, just like the tide’
As Above, So Below

This season, which borrows its title from the book There: In the Light and the Darkness of the Self and of the Other by Etel Adnan, highlights recent films made by Arab filmmakers between 2019 and 2021. Bringing together a selection of fiction, documentary, shorts and genre-defying films, we highlight new currents within Arab cinema that challenge the stereotypical, weave personal narratives into broader questions and celebrate the potential of imagination as a path to a politics of freedom. Arab cinema has gained significant visibility on the international festival circuit in recent years, yet there are continuing efforts to create spaces for screening critically-acclaimed Arab films for audiences in the region. Many of the titles here have been screened at the Cairo-based Zawya Cinema, and so this season is a coming together of two exhibition spaces with two very different histories, audiences and infrastructures. Enjoy!

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