Film screenings & special talks

Places/Faces is a new film series about cities, city dwellers and urban culture, founded and curated by artist Hind Mezaina. Every month, discover a new movie followed by a talk with special guests.


Saturday 28 August @ 5 pm

Followed by a talk with Moustafa Zakaria

Film synopsis

It hasn't been so very long since rich tourists from around the world came to stay in the luxury hotels of Sharm El Sheikh. But the Arab Spring and the confusion of the post revolutionary period quickly robbed the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula of its charm as a go-to summer resort.

An Egyptian filmmaker and a visual artist from Germany demonstrate that partially staging their work needn't be at odds with authenticity.


In their documentary, saturated with elements of surreal fiction, they set out to visit the last inhabitants of the shimmering city of ghosts - resort employees who feverishly dream among the abandoned hotel suites.


How hard is it to balance a traditional lifestyle with the unbridled liberalism of a place in a Middle Eastern wasteland where an island of Western razzle-dazzle is slowly sinking?

Language: Arabic with English subtitles

Followed by a talk with Moustafa Zakaria

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Moustafa Zakaria, a Dubai based filmmaker.


We will discuss the film and link its themes to the state of tourism and holiday resorts in Dubai, and invite audience members to join in the discussion.

About curator Hind Mezaina

Hind is an artist, writer and film programmer from Dubai. She is also the co-founder of Tea with Culture podcast, and curates film screenings for Louvre Abu Dhabi and other independent initiatives. 


The Culturist, launched in 2009 by Hind, is a blog featuring all things culture-worthy in Dubai and beyond, with a special interest in film, music, photography and travel.

Past events

Film: Nasir

An impactful Tamil movie painting an intimate portrait of a working-class Muslim man going about his day. 

Special guest: Sabih Ahmed & Vinita Bharadwaj

Saturday 10 July 2021

Film: A Fallible Girl 

Directed by Conrad Clark is an underseen film about friendship, entrepreneurship and hardship in the city of Dubai.

Special guest: writer Yuting Wang

Saturday 12 June 2021

Selection of 12 short films
Short films & music videos featuring Dubai by two Dubai based filmmakers

Special guests: filmmakers Amirah Tajdin & Philip Jamal Rachid 

Sunday 13 June 2021

Safety is our priority! 

  • Seats are are limited & set up in compliance with social distancing measures. 

  • Seats will be cleaned and disinfected after each event. 

  • Always wear a face mask or face shield at all times.

  • Stay at home if you suffer from: fever, dry cough and/or acute tiredness.