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SAFAR Film Festival @ Liverpool Arab Arts Festival 2022

For this year’s festival, our film programme is part of SAFAR Film Festival

We have two films at VideOdyssey:

The Stories We Tell
Sunday 10 July, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
VideOdyssey at Toxteth TV £5 / Pay What You Can

The Gravedigger’s Wife
Tuesday 12 July, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
VideOdyssey at Toxteth TV
£5 / Pay What You Can

The SAFAR Film Festival is the only festival in the UK dedicated to cinema from the Arab world. Founded in 2012, SAFAR offers a unique space for audiences to explore and celebrate Arab cinema past, present, and future.

The 2022 edition is an important milestone for the festival. SAFAR is celebrating its 10 year anniversary and is, for the first time, expanding to screen in 7 other UK cities alongside its flagship London festival.

Curated by Rabih El-Khoury, this year’s theme, The Stories We Tell in Arab Cinema, invites you to go back to the very essence of filmmaking: storytelling. Featuring UK premieres, new releases and classics, the film selection explores the devices used by Arab filmmakers to push cinematic boundaries, reclaim overlooked histories, and present new perspectives to audiences both at home and abroad. It sees controversial characters run amok and experimentations in form blend the traditional with the radical. Period pieces bring colonial traumas to the global stage and social issues are inspected through surreal and fantastical lenses.

SAFAR Film Festival: The Stories We Tell in Arab Cinema runs from 1-17 July with screenings in London, Coventry, Cardiff, Glasgow, Hull, Liverpool, Manchester and Plymouth. More films will also be available to watch by donation during the festival dates on the SAFAR website.

View the full programme on www.safarfilmfestival.co.uk