Updated 22 June 2021
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6 films to watch at CineMAS, Abu Dhabi's independent film fest

6 films to watch at CineMAS, Abu Dhabi's independent film fest

CineMAS, Manarat Al-Saadiyat’s alternative film festival, has kicked off its third edition in Abu Dhabi. Running until June 26, read on for some of the independent films you don’t want to miss. 


  • ‘Gaza Mon Amour’

    Directed by Palestinian filmmaking twins Tarzan and Arab Nasser, the movie tells the tale of a 60-year-old fisherman who is secretly in love with a market dressmaker.


  • ‘Arab Blues’

    The Manele Labidi-directed film follows Selma, a psychotherapist who decides to return to her hometown in Tunisia to set up a new practice.


  • ‘Dreams of the City’

    This 1984 film directed by Mohamed Malas is set against the backdrop of political upheaval in Syria in the 1950s.


  • ‘Cane Fire’

    Making its UAE premiere is Anthony Banua-Simon’s feature documentary that examines the past and present of the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi.


  • ‘Ghost Tropic’

    After a long day at work, a 58-year-old woman falls asleep on the last train and when she wakes up, she has to make her way home on foot in this Bas Devos-directed drama. 


  • ‘Shut Up Sona’

    Directed by Indian filmmaker Deepti Gupta, the documentary follows singer Sona Mohapatra and her unrelenting fight for equality within the Indian music industry.