A Hard Day’s Night is a summer-long weekly film program presented by Cinema Akil and Alserkal Avenue.
Take shelter from the summer heat and join Cinema Akil and Alserkal Avenue for our second summer-long film program at A4 Space. This special program is an extension of the fall / winter Where We Dwell program on the notion of home from Sept 2015 -Mar 2016. The lineup aligns with the 2016-2017 Alserkal Avenue Homegrown Programme in considering new forms and conditions for artistic labour and, by extension, open a discussion on the mechanics of art production, dissemination and discourse shaping the global art world. As such, the films in this programming lineup interrogate notions of labor, manufacturing processes and industry.
Over the course of the three months, A Hard Day’s Night will showcase films from around the cinematic globe stretching across myriad genres, lenses and movements. From timeless classics set in hyper-mechanised futures with Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, to personal stories of perilous grunt work with Aki Kaurusmaki’s The Match Factory Girl from the Finnish director’s Proletariat Trilogy – the program travels to factories, workshops and rigs in search of the living. The film programme explores the meaning of labour, process, technology, industry, craft and rigour and their imprints on the human condition.
For the summer of 2016, Cinema Akil and Alserkal Avenue will transform the shared darkness of the A4 Space screening room into a space to churn thoughts on the nuts and bolts of its industrial surroundings.
Alserkal Avenue is the region’s foremost arts and culture neighbourhood located in Al Quoz, Dubai. Since it was established in 2007, Alserkal Avenue has grown to become an essential platform for the development of homegrown artistic and cultural initiatives, supporting a vibrant community of contemporary art galleries and alternative art spaces, together with design, media and industrial studios. In 2015 Alserkal Avenue began introducing its own homegrown programme as an arts organization, dedicated to encouraging new ideas, open dialogue and a more diverse and rich ecosystem for art in the region.