The Blue Caftan (12A) – SAFAR Arab Film Festival


The Blue Caftan (12A) – SAFAR Arab Film Festival

Friday 7th July 2023 - Saturday 8th July 2023

The UK’s largest festival of Arab cinema returns to Plymouth Arts Cinema, showcasing fantastic new fictions from Tunisia and Morocco, as well as a double bill of documentaries from Palestine exploring food sovereignty.

SAFAR - which means ‘journey’ in Arabic - was founded in 2012 and is run by The Arab British Centre. This year’s festival, entitled A Journey Through Space and Time, screens in 9 cities across the UK from 29 June - 9 July.

SAFAR is presented in partnership with the Shubbak Festival and is supported by the British Council, the Bagri Foundation and the City of London Corporation. It screens in 4 venues in London and 8 other cities across the UK. View the festival website here.

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Full price tickets £5 | Concession £4

The Blue Caftan (12A)

Dir. Maryam Touzani, France/Morocco/Belgium/Denmark, 2023, 122 mins, Arabic with English subtitles. Cast. Lubna Azabal, Saleh Bakri, Ayoub Missioui.

Halim and Mina run a traditional caftan store in one of Morocco’s oldest medinas. In order to keep up with the commands of the demanding customers, they hire Youssef. The talented apprentice shows an utmost dedication in learning the art of embroidery and tailoring from Halim. Slowly Mina realizes how much her husband is moved by the presence of the young man.

Maryam Touzani’s poignant and delicate second feature The Blue Caftan won the International Critics' Prize at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, the top prize for International Feature at New York's Newfest, and was shortlisted for Best International Feature Film at the 2023 Academy Awards.

Dates & Times

 Friday 7th Jul 2023  6:00pm
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 Saturday 8th Jul 2023  2:30pm
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