Did You Know There’s An Arthouse Cinema In Dubai?

Diana Bell-Heather   |   04 - 11 - 2018

Arthouse fans get ready as Cinema Arkil unveil a permanent space in Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue.


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Presenting a regional and international film programme, including award-winning films and critically-acclaimed titles like the McQueen documentary, a partnership between Cinema Arkil and the cultural hub located in Al Quoz champions and supports homegrown talent, as well as educates and build awareness around film and the cinematic arts.


“We are thrilled to announce this new partnership; Alserkal Avenue has been a valuable partner throughout our journey growing the independent film scene in the UAE. The opening of our flagship home marks an important milestone in our joint mission to support the independent film scene in the region,” said Butheina Kazim, Founder of Cinema Akil, in a statement.


Founded in 2014, the arthouse cinema was a nomadic pop-up platform, bringing independent films from across the world to audiences in the UAE. Before moving into its permanent home, the concept had held over 60 pop-ups around the UAE in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah.


“As we mark a decade of Alserkal Avenue this year, which was built on the public promise to nurture homegrown talent and cultural producers in the region, it was only natural for us to further collaborate with Cinema Akil,” says Vilma Jurkute, Director of Alserkal Avenue. “Cinema Akil’s programme will enrich and strengthen the creative ecosystem in the city, and foster curiosity and engagement with our audiences.”


The venue is also home to Project Chaiwala, a homegrown diner reminiscent of neighbourhood ‘chaiwalas’, which is open for all-day dining inside the Cinema Akil space.