May 14th – May 20th 2012

What's On This Week...

What's On

14th May 2012

Cinems Rif

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This week in London is another busy one with plenty of great Middle East-centric talks, screenings and theatre to be keeping you busy.

Once again, if you have an event you would like included on the website, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on tom (at) sugarstreetreview (dot) com.



14th May

FRENEMIES + Jigsaw - Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, London

Stand-up comedy evening with Miss D (aka Daphna Baram) and Peyvand Khorsandi + Jigsaw. “She’s Israeli. He’s Iranian. Can they sweep their differences under the carpet?” 

More details here.


15th May

The Kurdish Spring: State-society Relations and Dissent in the Kurdistan Region of IraqAlumni Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE, London

Dr Nicole Watts, who was in Sulaimaniya last year for the ‘Kurdish Spring’, will discuss her ongoing research on dissent and campaigns for social and political change in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Details here.


Free Speech and Democracy in a Revolutionized Arab World - Albermarle Street, London

This special event in association with BBC Arabic and Free Speech Debate will be discussing the importance of freedom of speech in the Arab world as new fledgling democracies begin to emerge.

More details about reserving a place here.


16th May

The SourceHackney Picturehouse, London

Selected for The Cannes Film Festival, Radu Mihaileanu’s The Source is set in a small village in Morocco. The story follows a group of women who fetch water from a mountaintop spring in the blazing sun. The path is dangerous and many women have been injured and suffered miscarriages as a result. Leila, a young bride, urges the women to launch a love strike: they are to keep away from their men until they agree to run water into the village…

More details about bookings here.


Bidisha’s Beyond the Wall: Writing a Path Through Palestine (book launch)The Mosaic Rooms, Kensington, London

Writer, critic and broadcaster, Bidisha, celebrates the launch of her latest book about reporting on Palestine with a panel discussion titled: “Writing a Path Through International Affairs.” She will be talking about the challenges, rewards and complexities of international journalism with Anna Blundy, former Times correspondent for Russia and Rosie Garthwaite, a combat reporter.

More details here.


The Dicator – Cinemas nationwide

Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest film, this time revolving around the North African dictator, ‘His Excellency, General Colonel Doctor Aladeen, Democratic President-For-Life, Invincible and All-Triumphant Commander, Chief Ophthalmologist, Brilliant Genius of Humanity, Excellent Swimmer Including Butterfly, and Beloved Oppressor and Ruthless Protector of the Precious and Expendable People of Wadiya.’ So far it has had positive reviews, although no doubt it won’t be to everyone’s taste, with Robert Egbert describing it as ‘funny, in addition to being obscene, disgusting, scatological, vulgar, crude and so on’ 

For for information about fictional Wadiya, check here.


17th May

Carte Blanche to the Cinematheque de Tanger - Human Rights Action Centre, London EC2

A selection of short films made before the revolutions that shook the Arab world in 2011 which question the recent history of countries like Lebanon, Tunisia and Morocco through storytelling. The programme also includes a debate with film director, Danielle Arbid; actor, Khalid Abdalla; co-founder of Cinematheque de Tanger, Yto Baradda; and chaired by director of the Arab Film Festival, Omar Kholeif.

Full programme here.


18th May

‘The Arab Awakening” – An Audience with Tariq Ramadan - UCL Institute of Archaeology, London

Professor Tariq Ramadan will be talking about his latest book, “The Arab Awakening”, about the series of uprisings that shook the Arab world from 2011.  One of the most exciting, original and controversial Islamic thinkers of his time, this is sure to be a fascinating talk hosted by the UCLU Arabian society.

More information here.


19th May

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

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

Details on how to book here.


20th May

Chronicles of a RefugeeLondon Film School, Shelton Street, London

Chronicles of a Refugee presents the stories and experiences of Palestinian refugees displaced in 1948 and their descendants. Filmed in 17 countries, 18 refugee camps and 36 cities with more than 300 interviews of Palestinian refugees who have lived in over 25 countries, Chronicles of a Refugee is the first documentary film to look at the global Palestinian refugee experience since 1948.

More details on booking here.


Gefiltefest 2012Ivy House, London

Gefiltefest is  a Jewish Food Charity that embraces every aspect of Jewish food and its traditions and, on Sunday, will be hosting their third annual food festival in conjunction with the London Jewish Cultural Centre and the JCC. The festival is a full day of events devoted to food and Judaism. Throughout the day you will be able to choose from five or six sessions to attend for every hour-long slot of the day – demonstrations, lectures, debates and workshops. Almost every session will include a free tasting of food! There is a large and distinguished list of speakers for the event and, most excitingly in our minds, Claudia Roden, the doyenne of Middle Eastern cooking, will be in attendance!

For more information and details on booking, click here 

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  1. JPW
    Posted 15th May 2012 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    You forgot the biggest event in Middle Eastern cinema of the year!

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