The Institute's January film series showcases films from past editions of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) by pairing shorts and features from the region around common thematic preoccupations that emerge in different cinematic modes. Collectively, the films demonstrate the diversity and quality of contemporary filmmaking in this region.
Abu Rami On a Sunday morning in Beirut, an old couple set out for a drive across Lebanon to visit their son, Rami and his wife. When the car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, the old couple find themselves stranded, and while they wait for help to arrive, tensions rise and secrets are unearthed. [Director: Sabah Haider | Lebanon | 2012 | 19 minutes | Arabic with English subtitles]
Syngue Sabour/The Patience Stone Atiq Rahimi adapted his internationally acclaimed novel about an Afghan woman who finds the courage to speak to her husband, a war hero, only when he is in a coma with a bullet in his head. [Director: Atiq Rahimi | Afghanistan, France, and Germany | 2012 | 98 minutes | Farsi and Arabic with English subtitles]
Abu Rami and The Patience Stone present two very different stories from Lebanon and Afghanistan of women with the courage to speak directly with their husbands.
Dale Hudson, Faculty Fellow, Film and New Media, NYUAD
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