BFI Southbank in association with Zenith Foundation presents ‘Discover Arab Cinema’, This year-long programme of weekly screenings showcases some of the greatest of contemporary Arab films alongside a re-evaluation of classics from the region and its diaspora. Each month is organised by theme, genre or country, with four films or a selection of shorts shown within that focus. The programme includes focuses on Egypt, Algeria, the Gulf, Palestine, Morocco, Syria, as well as experimental films, literary adaptations, documentaries the theme of family life, crime thrillers, and more.

Discover Arab Cinema opens with a one-month focus on New Egyptian Cinema with the screening of Winter of Discontent – the latest film of Ibrahim Al Batout who is considered the spiritual father of New Egyptian Cinema. There will be, at the start of the screening, a talk on ‘New Egyptian Cinema’ by Mona Deeley of Zenith Foundation, the programmer of the event. The Four films within the New Egyptian Cinema focus bring together the directors leading this genre with the films Winter of Discontent, Microphone, Coming Forth by Day, and Born on 25 January.
There will also be a panel discussion on Egypt on 19 November after the screening of the documentary Born on 25 January.

For film details, dates and bookings, click here.