SAFAR Film Festival 2023

Founded and run by the Arab British Centre since 2012, The SAFAR Film Festival is the largest festival in the UK dedicated to cinema from the Arab world. SAFAR offers a unique space for audiences to explore and celebrate the diversity of Arab cinema past, present, and future.

This year, SAFAR have partnered with venues around the UK including the UPP! Join us between Friday 30th June – Sunday 2nd July when we’ll be screening three films from the festival programme, including a special director Q&A screening of Ishtar Yasin Gutiérrez’s documentary My Lost Country.

The Damned Don’t Cry
Friday 30th June 8.30pm

Alam (The Flag)
Saturday 1st July 3.30pm

My Lost Country + Director Q&A
Sunday 2nd July 5.30pm

Use the film links underneath to find out more info about each title and to book tickets. Purchase tickets to all three of our SAFAR Film Festival screenings to automatically receive a 15% discount on the total cost.

Plan your visit

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!