Thu 7 Jul

Héliopolis

Cert. tbc

Festivals & Series, Special Screenings

SAFAR Film Festival

115 mins

in Arabic and French with EN subtitles

ALG | 2021 | dir. Djafar Gacem, with Aziz Boukrouni, Mehdi Ramdani, Souhila Mallem | UK Premiere

Inspired by real events, this period drama traces back the beginning of the tragic events of 8 May 1945 and the massacres of Sétif, Guelma and Kherrata in Algeria during the French colonisation. In the city of Guelma, which was called Heliopolis in ancient times, the daily life of an Algerian family takes its usual course. Until on 8 May 1945, as the end of World War II was just announced, the Algerian people go to the streets and demonstrate against the French colonial power and for the country’s independence. A bloody repression ensues.

Thu 7 July 8.15pm

Join SAFAR Film Festival and the Poetry Translation Centre for an evening of film, poetry and discussion exploring post-colonial storytelling in Algeria. Before the screening (7pm), poet Habib Tengour, will read from his new bi-lingual collection, Consolatio and discuss with his co-translators Will Harris and Delaina Haslam.

Poetry Reading (only) at 7pm: £5 | Book here
Double bill: Screening of Heliopolis + Poetry Reading (7pm): £13, conc. £11
Heliopolis ticket holders gain free access to the poetry event but a space is limited and must be reserved

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Thu 07 Jul
Poetry + Film
Film Only
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