August 23, Wednesday

Monir (2014)

Directed by Bahman Kiarostami
Iran, UK | G | Biography, Documentary | Farsi | 54 min
Venue: Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai
Time: Aug 23, 8:00pm

A special screening of Bahman Kiarostami’s documentary MONIR, an inspiring chronicle of the life and work of Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, who pioneered contemporary forms of geometric mirror works. The film takes an intimate look at the artist’s practice and explores how she has become one of the most innovative and influential artists working in the Middle East today.

Embrace of the Serpent (2015)

Directed by Ciro Guerra
Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela | NC-17 | Adventure, Drama | Catalan, Cubeo, English, German, Huitoto, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, Ticuna, Wanano | 122 min
Venue: Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, Manarat Al Saadiyat

At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, the third feature by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, SERPENT centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant. The film was nominated for an Academy Award® under the Best Foreign Film category.