African Hopes, Beats and Dreams: The Dream of Shahrazad, CCA, Wed 8 June, 2016

Wed 8 June 2016

7pm, £5 + £1 booking fee, Cinema
Ages: 15+
Book online / 0141 352 4900

Francois Verster | 2014 | English/Arabic/Turkish with English subtitles | Documentary.

Opening the ‘African Hopes, Beats and Dreams’ series shedding new light on pertinent and contemporary issues facing Africa, this unique music-led film looks at recent political events in Egypt, Turkey and Lebanon through the lens of the famous story collection known as ‘One Thousand and One Nights’. The film uses the metaphor of Shahrazad – the princess in the Nights who saves lives by telling stories to the murderous Sultan Shahrivar. It is filmed before, during and after the Arab Spring uprisings and weaves together a web of music, politics and storytelling to explore the ways in which creativity and political articulation coincide in response to oppression. The documentary is led by an impassioned Turkish conductor who leads a performance in Istanbul of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. These scenes are interweaved with theatre performances in Egypt, a young activist in Lebanon and a visual artist who uses Shahrazad as his muse. This is an impassioned and creatively curated documentary by multi-award-winning South African director Francois Verster, offering a new and fascinating take on the Arab Spring.

The screening is in partnership with Africa in Motion and will be preceded by a short African storytelling performance.

Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow G2 3JD

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