The Arts Center at NYUAD always comes up trumps with its programming – a bold, genre-hopping, thought-provoking slew of film, theatre, dance and more. The Spring 2020 season is no exception.
How about a graphic novel performed, filmed and scored in real time? That’s Kid Koala’s The Storyville Mosquito (12–13 March), in which a multitalented team brings characters to life using miniature sets, puppets, multiple cameras and screens. In the words of NYUAD executive artistic director Bill Bragin, “We’re trying to also push the boundaries of what people think a performance can be.” Or you can catch the best art-house films from the Arab world (and take part in post-screening discussions) with the CinemaNA series.
On 9 March, they’re showing Sofia (pictured), a 2018 drama written and directed by Meryem Benm’Barek-Aloïsi, which scooped the Best Screenplay Award at that year’s Cannes Film Festival. Variety called it, “lean, nuanced, [it] clearly picks apart class hypocrisy within Moroccan society”. That’s followed by a screening of Scales (13 April) – or, as it’s become known in shorthand on the indie film circuit, “the Saudi mermaid movie”. After premiering at the Venice International Film Festival, this magical-realist feminist fable set in a Gulf fishing village has singled out writer-director Shahad Ameen as a rising talent to watch.