Zawya: Creating a space for independent Arab cinema

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The BFI’s film season The Time is New: Selections from Contemporary Arab Cinema presents diverse films from all over the Arab world. Ranging from strained family ties to national crises, the programme centres on Arab life, art, culture, individual and collective challenges. With selected titles also available on BFI Player Subscription, the season’s diverse programme ensured its success. Running from 27 August-5 October, The Time is New is programmed by Youssef Shazli and Alia Ayman, co-founders of the Cairo-based leading arthouse cinema and distributor Zawya. Shazli and Ayman also run the fil…

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