Black Box Cinema, which was founded and managed by film director Nawaf Al Janahi and quickly became one of the most attended pavilions of the fair since it was introduced for the first time in 2014.
Focused on presenting Arab cinema and spreading film culture, Black Box Cinema screened in its past 5 editions 84 short films to a total audience of more than 8330 viewers of various ages and nationalities.
In its sixth edition, Black Box Cinema presents a program that includes 15 short films from the United Arab Emirates and the Arab world, and 7 short films from the Republic of Turkiye, the Guest of Honor Country of Abu Dhabi International Book Fair this year. Films are subtitled in English, and admission is free to the public.
In addition to film screenings, and to promote the exchange of visions and intellectual rapprochement between the audience of books and the audience of films, the program will also present two important talk sessions. The session titled The Story Between Words and Images aims at shedding the light on how storytelling differs between the medium of literature and the medium of cinema, considering the continuous comparison between novels and the films adapted from them. In a more specialized approach, the session titled Rawi, Toward Better Screenplays gives a full introduction to Rawi, one of the leading screenwriting labs in the Arab world, offering information about its history, its benefits and success stories, and how new writers could join.
Desperate teenager Omar tries to escape his miserable reality by collecting magazine cut-outs.
After the death of his father, Dries must make a fundamental decision to either cremate the body or return it to be buried in his birth country as tradition subscribes.
A young woman must decide to either surrender to her family’s decision, society and traditions and accept to marry a man who abused her femininity, or rebel against all that.
Forced to work, a young boy must one night face his biggest fear of darkness.
Victim of a rape by her young neighbor, 19-year-old Donia sees her life shattered when she realizes she is pregnant
When cinema comes to the old neighborhoods of Jeddah, the lives of three teenagers are forever changed
Othman works as a security guard of a parking lot at a government hospital and lives harmoniously with his cousin. Events take a turn that shakes him out of his customary complacency and forces him to face reality
In our world there is motherhood, childhood, a knife, and a key
Marco finds himself in a maze between reality and virtual reality as he seeks to meet the girl he met on social media websites
A barber at a highway barbershop is caught in a deadly situation when he realizes that his first customer of the day isn't who he seems
A wedding is turned upside down after rumors spread that the groom is planning to run away
Between house chores, a neglectful husband, and an innocent daughter, 35-year-old Selma decides to free herself and rediscover her womanhood
Amidst a nation-wide rise in oil prices, an unemployed man goes on a journey searching for gasoline for his car, only to find himself instead exploring the socioeconomic injustices that put him in this situation in the first place
Facing marginalization and challenges women suffer from in EL Nuba, Makkah has managed to be a leader in her community and became her own success story, keeping her smile all the way
An introduction to Rawi, one of the leading screenwriting labs in the Arab world. This session will offer information about its history, its benefits and success stories, and how new writers could join.
Considering the continuous comparison between novels and the films adapted from them, this discussion sheds the light on how storytelling differs between the medium of literature and the medium of cinema.