• BBC Arabic Festival Film Evening - Those Who Remain


Thursday 12 July


12 July 2018 6.30pm

BBC Arabic Festival Film Evening - Those Who Remain

Picturehouse at FACT  |  £5

The BBC Arabic Festival returns to LAAF with a screening of feature length documentary, Those Who Remain, from distinguished director Eliane Raheb winner of the BBC Arabic Festival ‘Best Feature Documentary’ and other awards.

Those Who Remain (PG, Arabic with English subtitles)

Director, Eliane Raheb

Al Shambouk is one of the highest mountainous areas in Lebanon. Located in the Akkar heights, it is only a few kilometres away from Syria. It is the homeland of Haykal, a 60-year-old Christian farmer. In this spot, where borders intersect, along with different religious factions and social classes, Haykal decided to settle down and build a farm and a restaurant. Haykal deals with neighbouring quarries and the agricultural stagnation, in addition to the repercussions of the Syrian crisis on the political and economic situation. Despite these adversities, Haykal feels he must remain in his land now more than ever, building his new home and defending his coexistence in Lebanon.

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12 July 2018 10am - 5pm

Tented Dreams

Dickens Gallery, St George’s Hall  |  FREE

Syrian artist Mohammed Amari fled the devastation of the conflict in his country with few worldly possessions, among which were his watercolours and paintings. We are delighted to present a selection of Amari’s moving paintings.

Alongside his works we will be exhibiting artwork by refugees ​from the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan, with whom Amari has been working as a volunteer art teacher.

A project made possible by Souriyat Across Borders

This exhibition runs from Saturday 7th July to Friday 13th July, 10am - 5pm everyday

12 July 2018 9am - 9pm

It Was Paradise

Winter Gardens, Mann Island (Outside Open Eye Gallery)  |  FREE

British artist Rachel Gadsden was awarded an Unlimited International commission in 2017 to collaborate with Palestinian artist Ali Saeid Ashour. The outcome is It was Paradise.

Located in London, Liverpool and the West Bank, and inspired by Palestinian poet and author Mahmoud Darwish’s poem Under Siege, the collaboration addresses global concerns about migration, the lingering flight of refugees, as well as the isolation of disabled and bereaved people. The project is exhibited on display stands outside Open Eye Gallery.

It Was Paradise - In Conversation takes place 8th July, 1.30pm - 2.30pm - more details can be found here

This exhibition runs from Saturday 7th July to Sunday 15th July, 9am - 9pm everyday