Sharjah Film Platform's sixth edition to celebrate themes of resistance and solidarity

The festival will take place from December 8-17

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Published: Thu 7 Dec 2023, 6:40 PM

Last updated: Fri 8 Dec 2023, 1:17 PM

Sharjah Art Foundation recently announced the sixth edition of its annual film festival Sharjah Film Platform that starts from December 8 and will go on till December 17. The screenings will be held at Mirage City Cinema and the Sharjah Institute of Theatrical Arts, as well as VOX Cinemas in City Centre Al Zahia. The festival is aimed at bringing out the best in independent cinema while also spotlighting experimental films. The exciting sixth edition will have a detailed Q&A session with the filmmaker right after the session. Centred on ideas of solidarity and resistance, there will also be panel discussions and talks.

The festival kickstarts with Khaled Jarrar's documentary, Notes of Displacement (2023), based on a Palestinian family's journey to seek refuge. Also expect to watch Cannes Film Festival award-winner Goodbye Julia, which revolves around the secession of South Sudan in 2011. Senegalese filmmaker Safi Faye's pathbreaking cinematic work will be revisited through screenings of three of his films.

There are 40 films that will be competing for awards in short and feature-length fiction and documentary categories. There will also be a special screening of the fiction feature Inshallah A Boy and the documentary Machtat. Apart from film screenings, there will be a number of talks centred on issues that matter in contemporary filmmaking.

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