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Cruel Weather. Arab Middle East Film Festival - Aberdeen's Centre for Contemporary Art. Gallery exhibitions, printmaking, photography, film & video, digital media

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Cruel Weather. Arab Middle East Film Festival

02 October - 14 November, 2009

Arab cinema is not yet major in cinema history but the equivalent of a medium size provincial's striving. - Etel Adnan

slinghsot hip hop, boys standing amidst rubble

Film still taken from Slingshot Hiphop (2008), a film by Jackie Salloum, courtesy Fresh Booza Productions


Welcome to Cruel Weather, a festival of recent film/video from the Arab Middle East, organised by Peacock Visual Arts and curated by Jay Murphy, of the University of Aberdeen's Centre for Modern Thought.

Cruel Weather explores artistic responses to crisis and the role of the moving image in today's Middle East. The festival showcases a fantastic series of award-winning documentaries, experimental and mixed genre works, many of which have never before been screened in Scotland.

Screenings take place at various venues around Aberdeen, including Peacock Visual Arts, the Belmont Picturehouse and Aberdeen University.

The festival has been organised in partnership with Filmhouse Cinema (Edinburgh), Glasgow Film Theatre and Dundee Contemporary Arts, where the festival tours afterwards.

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Friday 2 Oct, 6 - 8pm, Peacock Visual Arts

LAUNCH! + Preview night of Identities in Motion. All welcome

Saturday 3 Oct, 4pm, Belmont Picturehouse

SLINGSHOT HIPHOP [Jackie Salloum, 83min]. more info

Thursday 8 Oct, 7pm, Peacock Visual Arts

INTRODUCTION TO AN ARGUMENT [Jayce Salloum & Elia Suleiman, 41min], UNTITLED PART 3B: BEAUTY NEVER ENDS [Jayce Salloum, 11:22min], JULY TRIP [Wael Noureddine, 30min]. more info

Friday 16 Oct. 7pm, University of Aberdeen

WHAT EVERYBODY KNOWS [Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri, 118min]. more info

Thursday 22 Oct, 6pm, Belmont Picturehouse

THIS DAY [Akram Zaatari, 86min]. more info

Saturday 31 Oct, 1-5pm, Peacock Visual Arts

FILM MAKING MASTERCLASS [with Roy Samaha]more info

Saturday 31 Oct, 6pm, Peacock Visual Arts

PLEASE REWIND ME LATER [Roy Samaha, 30min]. more info

Wednesday 4 Nov, 7pm, Peacock Visual Arts

ASHURA [Jalal Toufic, 80min]. more info

Friday 13 Nov, 7pm, University of Aberdeen

CHAOS [Youssef Chahine, 122min]. more info

pictures of belly dancer

Arabiia, September 2007. Photo: Kate Kunath. Part of 'Identies in Motion'

Festival Events

Gallery Exhibition: Identities in Motion Ayah Bdeir

3 October - 14 November, Peacock Visual Arts.

Identities in motion is a series of works by Ayah Bdeir that looks to contemporarise images of Arab identity, raising questions around complex life in the arab world, its sexuality, social relations, political instabilities, economic disparities and memories. more info

Workshop with Jackie Salloum

  • Saturday and Sunday 31 October/1 November
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts
  • Time: 2-5pm, both days
  • Costs: FREE! Places are limited thought, so book your place now by sending an email to

Panel discussion

Curator Jay Murphy in conversation with director Jackie Salloum.

  • Friday 30 October
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts
  • Starts: 7pm
  • Admission free, no booking required

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