June 11th – June 17th 2012

What's On This Week...

What's On

11th Jun 2012


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With another week of rain and cloud forecast across the UK, we’ve come up with another list of great Middle Eastern events for you to while away the grey days with. From theatre to screenings, this week is absolutely crammed full of great things to do in the evenings, so make sure you get out and make the most of it!

To have your events included on this page, you can get in touch with us on tom (at) sugarstreetreview (dot) com.


Monday 11th June

Incendies & Monsieur Lazhar Riverside Studios, London

The Riverside Studios will be putting on a double bill of recent releases looking at Arab immigrants abroad and their pasts.

Incendies is the powerful, Oscar-nominated screen adaption of Franco-Lebanese playwright Wajdi Mouawad’s work. The film brings to life a moving and epic tale through the unravelling of one woman’s mysterious past. At the reading of their mother’s will, twin siblings learn for the first time that they have a brother and, that their father, whom they thought was dead, is in fact alive.

Monsieur Lazhar is a recent release about an Algerian immigrant who is hired to replace an elementary school teacher who died tragically and goes on to change his pupils’ lives.

Fore more details on the double bill, click here


Tuesday 12th June

Rest Upon The Wind - Riverside Studios, London

Inspired by the life and times of Khalil Gibran, this is the story of the difficult birth of a book that is still being read and quoted by millions of people across the world. Early in his life, Khalil Gibran’s path was that of a freedom fighter pitched against the Ottoman Empire. He was the first Arab in exile to alert the people back home to the oppression visited upon them by their corrupt leaders. 

Rest Upon The Wind is showing at the Riverside Studios in London.

More details on tickets here.


Wednesday 13th June

London Jewish Centre Film ClubLondon Jewish Cultural Centre, Golders Green, London

The London Jewish Cultural Centre holds their weekly lunch-time screening, drawn from their own archive – the largest of its kind in Europe – as a supplement to the courses they offer. The screening will be followed by a talk by their film archivist, Stuart Lisbon. 

More details at the LJCC’s website here


Documentaries from the Arab WorldSheffield Doc Fest, Sheffield

Sheffield’s world famous documentary festival will begin a week of films about the Arab world. From Yemen to Lebanon, the selection will give a diverse and moving picture of a region undergoing a period of radical change. Not to be missed!

Details from the Arab British Centre here


Opium Brides - The Mosaic Rooms, Kensington, London

Following the stories of five Afghan families on the run from people traffickers, acclaimed reporter Najibullah Quraishi journeys deep into the Afghan countryside to investigate the deadly bargain local farmers are being forced to make. The Afghan government’s eradication programme has destroyed many poppy fields but this has had a drastic collateral effect on farm families who borrowed money from traffickers to grow their crops. Once their crops are destroyed, they cannot pay these loans back. Facing death, they sell the only thing of value they now possess – their daughters. Girls as young as six are sold into sex-slavery in order to save their fathers.

From the producers of the multi-award-winning Dancing Boys of Afghanistan, this cutting-edge film exposes the abuse of young Afghan girls by drugs traffickers who are closely allied to the Taliban.

Details about the screening can be found here


Thursday 14th June

The ProphetThe Gate Theatre, London

It’s January 28th 2011 and Egypt stands on the brink. But for Layla and Hisham, a young couple living in downtown Cairo, a dictatorial and corrupt government is only one of their problems. As the world shifts around them, some long-hidden secrets threaten to emerge and tear them apart…

More details here.


Friday 15th June

Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal Erzincan: Passionate Poems of Rumi –  The Barbican, London

Barbican debut of Kayhan Kalhor, the Kurdish/Iranian master of the kamanche (four-stringed Persian fiddle). A regular collaborator with Yo Yo Ma and innovative contemporary ensembles Kronos Quartet and Brooklyn Rider, Kalhor is joined tonight by Turkey’s Erdal Erzincan, master of the baglam (longneck lute) for an evening of improvised Sufi poetry based on their acclaimed release The Wind 

For more details, take a look at the Barbican’s website.


Saturday 16th June

Greg Malouf’s Supper Club -  The Petersham Nurseries Cafe, Richmond

Petersham Nurseries’ new head chef Greg Malouf will be serving up an evening of tasty Mediterranean treats on 19th May. Be sure to book in advance to make sure you get a place at this very special evening!

Details on how to book here

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