Where We Dwell is a season of film presented by Alserkal Avenue and Cinema Akil.
“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned” –Maya Angelou
What is home? How do we define or locate it? Is it a place? A condition? A person? A feeling? Where We Dwell poses these questions through a selection of films that interrogate the concept of home, belonging, leaving and arriving, structures and space, taking a closer look at how and where we live. The series offers an array of perspectives, exploring the concept of home through five lenses: as a theatre for life; a cause or purpose; a feeling or an emotional state; a built environment; and an idea that arises in the absence of place.
Over the course of the next three months, Where We Dwell will continue to showcase films from around the world spanning a universe of genres, cinematic styles and eras. From children running away to live inside their imagination in Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are to classic musical Oliver! based on the famous novel by Charles Dickens, and from documentaries such as Pirates of Salé and The Black Power Mixtape: 1975-1967 that showcase the potency of artistic interventions, to shorts like Adham El Sherif’s A Resident of the City that punctuate our sense of familiarity and challenge our representation of city neighborhoods. The film programme delves into questions of home and the many values assigned to it, inviting the Dubai community out of their homes, into a dark room of human experiences projected for all of us to share, question and dwell on together.