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If you don’t already know, you soon will – a brand new season of film screenings has returned to Alserkal Avenue, in collaboration with Cinema Akil, with the goal of “celebrating the finest in a broad spectrum of must-see contemporary, international films, spanning the past decade”. Entitled Work in Progress, the 18-week program
 of free, al fresco screenings is a delight for anyone who prefers a foreign film or edgy indie over a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster, any day.

The dynamic lineup was curated with a diverse audience in mind as the new season hopes to harness the “creation of a cinema-going culture in Dubai”, one film at a time. Work in Progress has already showcased cinematic gems like Factory Girl and Barakah Meets Barakah since November of last year. Screenings will continue every Friday at 7 p.m. until March 31st at The Yard, with the exception of gripping thriller The Imposter, which will be shown at A4 Space.

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Curious to see what’s in store? You can start by attending tomorrow’s presentation of the drama film Simshar, which tells a tragic story of survival at sea. And while it feels impossible to choose which ones we’re most looking forward to, there are a couple of highlights worth mentioning: Dégradé (a comedy about 13 Palestinian women trapped in a salon in the Gaza Strip), Karima (a documentary that depicts the “henna girls” of Marrakesh), and Dheepan (an award-winning film about a Sri Lankan immigrant in Paris). You can view the lineup in its entirety by clicking here.

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