Consider the Robot & “Other” States of Futureness / GAF12

Water War survivors incubated in a dystopian Afrofuture.
Robotic ghosts of Lebanon’s past mourn a delinquent present.
Tomorrowlandic post-work politics examine the case for UBI.

Cinema Akil at the Global Art Forum 12: I Am Not A Robot presents a filmic framework of intersectional imagination.

Sci-fi short mockumentary Last Days of the Man of Tomorrow (dir. Fadi “Fdz” Baki, 2017) takes a look at Lebanon’s history through the life and legend of Manivelle, an automaton gifted to the nation in 1945; making it the country’s first AI citizen. In Wanuri Kahui’s sci-fi drama Pumzi (2009) an East Africa of a post-apocalyptic future is visited; 35 years after World War III. Together, the two sci-fi shorts will unthink Eurocentric depictions of imminent automation in a discussion between Pumzi director Wanuri Kahui and writer/curator Özge Calafato.

Cinema Akil at #GAF12 will close with the Middle East premiere of Free Lunch Society (dir. Christian Tod, 2017) as the Lexus, the Nexis and the Auto Tree collide and crossover to face UBI realpolitik.

Until afterland…bokraland…kesholand.


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3 PM – Last Days of the Man of Tomorrow
3:30 PM – Pumzi
4:00 PM – Conversation with Wanuri Kahiu moderated by Özge Calafato
4:30 PM – Free Lunch Society


Wanuri Kahiu

Born in Nairobi, Wanuri is part of the new generation of African storytellers. Her stories and films have received international acclaim and her films screened in numerous film festivals around the world. To date, Wanuri has written and directed six films and is working on her second feature length film. She is the co-founder of AFROBUBBLEGUM, a media company that supports, creates and commissions fun, fierce and frivolous African art.

Fadi (The Fdz) Baki

Fadi [the fdz] Baki : born in Beirut, 1977. Studied graphic design at the American University of Beirut and for his final project in 2000, Fadi wrote, directed, shot and edited the 40-minute mockumentary, “It Came From Al-Makkab!”, nominated for the FutureTV Award and screening at a number of festivals. After four years of working in illustration and animation, Fadi moved to London in 2004 as a British Council-KRSF scholar to earn an MA in Filmmaking from Goldsmiths College in London. During his studies, he wrote and directed four shorts (667 the Neighbor of the Beast, El Burro Magnifico, the Interview and A Headline Romance), graduating with honors in 2007. In 2007 Fadi co-founded and edited Samandal Comics magazine, and since 2009 has been part of Beirut Animated, the Lebanese animation film festival. Fadi currently resides in Lebanon and divides his time between motion graphics, comics and filmmaking.

Özge Calafato

Özge Calafato studied Political Science in Istanbul and Journalism in London. Since 1999, she has worked as a journalist, editor and translator for several magazines focusing on photography, literature, contemporary art, film, jazz and travel. In addition, she has authored five books and translated several others. Calafato has worked for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) as Programming Manager and served as a selection committee member for the SANAD Development and Post-Production Fund. She has also worked as a programmer and consultant for a number film festivals and institutions including Documentarist, DOK Leipzig, Doha Film Institute, DokuFest, Oslo Arab Film Days, The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Punto de Vista, Cinema Akil and Birds Eye View. She is a co-founder and project director of the UAE National Film Library and Archive and a member of the publications committee for the online literary magazine and e-book publisher She currently works as the Project Manager for the Akkasah: Center for Photography at NYU Abu Dhabi and Programming Consultant for the Imagine Science Film Festival.


About the Global Art Forum
The Global Art Forum is an annual, transdisciplinary summit, based in Dubai, which combines original thinking and contemporary themes in an intimate, live environment. Since 2007, the Forum has been a key part of Art Dubai’s extensive cultural programming. It has brought together over 400 global minds from pop culture to renowned academia: artists, curators, museum directors, filmmakers, novelists, historians, philosophers, technologists, entrepreneurs, musicians and performers, dialogue with one another across disciplines, reporting from every part of the world, painting a truly 21st century portrait of how the globalized world thinks.

Art Dubai’s Global Art Forum is presented by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and supported by Dubai Design District (d3).