Sharp Tools | Film Screening

Sharp Tools | Film Screening

Date: Friday 22 Mar, 2019 - Thursday 28 Mar, 2019
Time: 07:30 p.m. - 09:30 p.m.
Venue: Cinema Akil, Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Film Screening: Sharp Tools by Nujoom Al Ghanem in collaboration with Cinema Akil, the National Pavilion U.A.E. – La Biennale di Venezia, and Art Dubai.

Alaat Haddah (Sharp Tools)

Directed by: Nujoom Alghanem 2017 | U.A.E. | PG-13 | Documentary | Arabic | 84 mins

This is a fascinating portrait of arguably the most influential figure in contemporary art in the Gulf, the late Hassan Sharif. Artist, thinker, writer and critic, Sharif died in September 2016, at the age of 65, having spent much of the past half-century expanding the parameters of art in the region, through provocative conceptual pieces, experiments in performance as well as numerous paintings, works on paper and sculptures. His old friend and collaborator, writer and filmmaker Nujoom Al Ghanem first met the artist in the early 1980s, when he was busy baffling locals in the U.A.E. with his take on ideas such as conceptualism, Modernism and performance. In Sharp Tools, which began shooting before Sharif’s death, she offers us an intimate insight into his life, speaking to friends, collaborators and commentators about his body of work and achievements.


Screening dates and time: 

Friday 22 March, 2019 | 7:30 - 9:15 P.M.

Initial screening will be preceded by a short introduction and followed by a 15 minute Q&A with Nujoom Al Ghanem and National Pavilion U.A.E. – La Biennale di Venezia curators Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath.

Saturday 23 March, 2019 | 9:45 - 11:30 P.M.

Sunday 24 March, 2019 | 7:30 - 9:15 P.M.         

Monday 25 March, 2019 | 9:45 - 11:30 P.M.       

Tuesday 26 March, 2019 | 7:30 - 9:15 P.M.         

Thursday 28 March, 2019 | 9:45 - 11:30 P.M.


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