The British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival’s 2021 edition will run in October, featuring six participating AFAC-supported films.
Premiering at the festival, Syrian filmmaker Hala Al-Abdalla’s film “Omar Amiralay: Sorrow, Time, Silence” is a moving portrait of the late pioneer of Arab non-fiction cinema.
Mounia Akl’s debut feature, “Costa Brava, Lebanon”, will be screened in the First Feature Competition, following a warm critical acclaim in both the Venice Film Festival and TIFF 2021.
Two other Lebanese films, “The Sea Ahead” by Ely Dagher and “Memory Box” by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, will be shown at the festival.
Syrian director Abdallah Khatib’s “Little Palestine: Diary of a Siege” also features on the festival’s line-up, in addition to “The Gravedigger’s Wife” by Somali director Khadar Ayderus Ahmed.
Other Arab films participating in this year’s edition are the shorts “5 Stars” by Remi Itani from Lebanon and “What We Don’t Know About Mariam” by Morad Mostafa from Egypt, as well as “The Alleys” by Bassel Ghandour from Jordan.
For the full program, check the BFI London Film Festival website.