SAFAR Film Festival: Bye Bye TiberiasCert-TBC

Directed by Lina Soualem | Palestine | 2023 | 1h 22m | Arabic w/ English subtitles

In her early twenties, Hiam Abbass left her native Palestinian village to follow her dream of becoming an actress in Europe. Thirty years later, her filmmaker daughter Lina returns with her to the village and questions for the first time her mother’s choices. Set between past and present, this intimate documentary pieces together images of today, family footage, and historical archives to portray four generations of women who keep their story alive through the strength of their bonds. Palestine’s submission to the Academy Awards in 2024.

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Reviews

‘A powerful celebration of lives marked by separation, exile and erasure.’
Allan Hunter, Screen International

‘If there is any one takeaway from the film, it’s the importance of family attachments and the succour they provide.’
Alissa Simon, Variety

This screening has closed captions.

The SAFAR Film Festival is the largest festival in the UK dedicated to cinema from the Arab world. Founded in 2012, SAFAR showcases the broad spectrum of film from the region by working with curators on themed programmes and inviting filmmakers for live Q&As and events.

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Today (Sunday 19th May)

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20:00

Kidnapped 12A
2h 14m | Italian w/ English subtitles
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Tomorrow (Monday 20th May)

18:00

Big Night 15
1h 49m
Stanley Tucci stars and directs this heartwarming and insightful comedy about two Italian brothers living in 1950s New Jersey hosting a spectacular banquet in a final effort to save their failing business.

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20:30

Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry 15
1h 50m | Georgian w/ English subtitles
In a Georgian village, a middle-aged woman vows never to marry, causing intrigue amongst the locals. But when she unexpectedly begins to fall in love, she must choose between her life of independence and romance.

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Our beautiful art deco inspired auditorium can be found just off East Oxford's Cowley Road. We are open 7 days a week. We open the cinema and box office 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of each film, and the Box Office then closes 10 minutes after the film starts. We don’t show adverts, just a couple of trailers, so don't be late as the film itself starts very close to the advertised time!