May 06, Saturday

House Without Roof (2016)

Directed by Soleen Yusef
Germany, Iraq, Qatar | PG | Drama, War | German, Kurdish | 117 min
Venue: Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
Time: May 6, 7:30pm

Alan, Jan and Liya are three siblings, who were born in Kurdish Iraq and raised in Germany. They must return to their ancestral village in Iraq to bury their deceased mother next to their father, who was killed in an uprising against Saddam Hussein’s regime. On their nerve-wracking Kurdistan odyssey, they are confronted by their large Kurdish family, but also by having to reconnect with each other, as they have been emotionally separated over time. In this poignant film, Alan, Jan and Liya are forced to explore their homeland and their identity, all while discovering themselves – and at one point, losing their mother’s coffin

Zaineb Hates the Snow (2016)

Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania
France, Lebanon, Qatar, Tunisia, UAE | PG | Documentary | Arabic | 94 min
Venue: Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
Time: May 6, 5:45pm

2009. Tunisian Nine-year-old Zaineb lost her father. Her mother will rebuild her life with a man in Canada. Zaineb was told that once she is there, she can finally see the snow! But she wants nothing to do with this new country, Because Zaineb has decided to hate the snow. Covering six years in the life of a charismatic young Tunisian girl and her changing family life, Zaineb Hates the Snow is a beautiful and poignant coming-of-age documentary told through the eyes of a wide-eyed little émigré.

Mare Nostrum (2016)

Directed by Anas Khalaf, Rana Kazkaz
France, Syria | PG | Drama | English | 13 min
Venue: Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
Time: May 6, 5:30pm

On a Mediterranean shore, a Syrian Father makes a decision that puts his daughter’s life at risk.