In The Circle, Ibrahim, a poet and a journalist, learns that he will die soon. To make sure his wife has a better life after he is gone, he confronts his partner in crime and demands his share. When Ibrahim by chance meets Shihab, a professional thief who plans to quit crime to take care of his sister, they begin seeing the world from different perspectives. (Director: Nawaf Al Janahi; 82 min.; Arabic with English subtitles; UAE/Kuwait, 2009)
Layers is a short documentary exploring the abaya—the national dress of Emirati women—through inter-generational dialogue that uncovers the dress’s multiple representations. (Director: Manal Wicki; 7 min.; Arabic with English subtitles; UAE, 2011)
Each ﬁlm will be introduced by its director, with a Q&A following the program.
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