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Screenings at the Louvre

Looking to have an interactive cultural experience? This summer The Louvre Abu Dhabi has you covered. It has created Cinem’Art; an initiative for the next six weeks between the museum and the Dubai-based artist and film enthusiast Hind Mezaina who has curated the film list.Cinem’Art takes place inside the Louvre auditorium during the Saturdays of June and July at 5 pm for a free screening of several films of a wide range of genres from classic contemporary, documentary, silent films and experimental films.The film screening aims to create a dialogue between cinema and selected artworks from Louvre Abu Dhabi temporary and permanent exhibitions and the selected titles reflect just that. Hind chose the silent film “Shiraz” (screened on the 23rd of June) as reflects the numerous Mughal paintings and starts the conversation on Mughal empire art including architecture.

Next Saturday 30th of June the screening of “Paa Joe and the lion” will happen at 5 pm with inspiration by the Reliquary casket (on display in Gallery 6) made from Fatimid rock crystal plaques.

On Saturday, July 7th, the program will play * (written with the star symbol rather than the word “star”) an experimental film that’s a compilation of shots of the night sky from 550 films turning the auditorium into a stargazing sky. The film’s selection was inspired by 18th-century Moroccan explorer Muhammed ibn Ahmad Al-Batttuti.On Saturday 14th of July, they will be playing “Around China with a movie camera” which is made up of rare footage showing life in China from 1900 to 1948 that aims to compare the daily life in China between artwork of the 18th century and the early moving images of the 20th century.

Saturday 21st of July will showcase “Horizontes” a story that follows different generations of Cuban ballet dancers and that reflects on the art of Edgar Degas in Gallery 10: “Dancer fourth position on the left leg” which represents movements, strength, and control in ballet.

The last screening will happen on Saturday 28th of July with a selection of short films inspired by the home city of the UAE made by young filmmakers that touch base on personal memories, struggles, achievements and the meaning of Home.

The compilation houses “Arasian” by Ahmed Al Tunaiji that revolves around a boy that struggles at school to prove he is more Emirati then Asian, “From A to Bee” by Maryam Moustafa that depicts the honey production in the UAE with all its complications, “A time to pray” by Ahmed Al Kuwaiti, “Odyssey” by Maryam Al Romaithi,“Robbma” by Malak Mansoura that touches the hearts of everyone by her open discussion with expats in the UAE discussing their definition of Home and last but not least “Sheikh Zayed’s 100th Birthday” by “Hooraya Al Muflahi that revolves around a man recalling his encounters with Sheikh Zayed, which began when he was a child.

So tell your friends and spread the word, Cinem’Art is one of the best programs in the region and deserves the 40 minutes’ drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi; see you there!

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By GD