Cinema Akil: A Home for Film in the Gulf

Founded by Emiratis Butheina Kazim and Mishaal Al Gergawi in 2014 in Dubai, Cinema Akil intends to be “a space for conversations around cinema.” The founders set out to build a fixed space for independent films and in the process began hosting pop-up film events at various locations in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah, including a series over the hot Emirati summer that encouraged an appreciation of the sun by screening films inspired by it.

Cinema Akil: A Home for Film in the Gulf
Cinema Akil, founded by Butheina Kazim and Mishaal Al Gergawi, presents pop-up film events throughout Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.

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