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Safar Arab Film Festival: The Gravedigger’s Wife (12A)
Middle-aged Guled, a struggling gravedigger living in the slums of Djibouti city, is working hard to make ends meet. His beloved wife Nasra, who suffers from chronic kidney disease, desperately needs a transplant. An appropriate donor is found, but – in order to buy the kidney, Guled needs to collect in only two weeks as much money as a gravedigger normally earns in a year.
Safar Arab Film Festival
The SAFAR Film Festival is the only festival in the UK dedicated to cinema from the Arab world. Founded in 2012, SAFAR offers a unique space for audiences to explore and celebrate Arab cinema past, present, and future.
Curated by Rabih El-Khoury, this year’s theme, The Stories We Tell in Arab Cinema, invites you to go back to the very essence of filmmaking: storytelling. Featuring UK premieres, new releases and classics, the film selection explores the devices used by Arab filmmakers to push cinematic boundaries, reclaim overlooked histories, and present new perspectives to audiences both at home and abroad. It sees controversial characters run amok and experimentations in form blend the traditional with the radical. Period pieces bring colonial traumas to the global stage and social issues are inspected through surreal and fantastical lenses.
PAC is delighted to be a partner this year and we have selected three films from the festival to bring to Plymouth for the first time.
Saturday 2 July, 5.30pm: The Gravedigger’s Wife
Saturday 9 July, 5.30pm: A Tale of Love and Desire
Saturday 16 July, 5pm: Miguel’s War
Full price tickets £5 | Under 25, Students, Unwaged and PCA Staff tickets £4