This June, Sharjah Art Foundation have presented a plethora of MENA female directors alongside digital film archiving platform Habibi Collective, who venture into experiences of displacement, oral histories and female subjectivity, among others.
On Friday 26 June 2020 at 8:30pm (GMT +4), the collaboration will conclude with a screening of Image Nation Abu Dhabi’s award-winning feature film Scales (2019), followed by a live Q&A session with the director and Habibi Collective founder, Róisín Tapponi.
Set in a dystopian fishing village, each family must sacrifice one daughter to the sea creatures inhabiting nearby waters in Scales. Spared from this fate, the strong-willed Hayat is considered a curse and outcasted, and her position in the village is jeopardised once more after her mother gives birth to a baby boy.
Hayat must force to accept the brutal custom of giving herself to the sea, or escape. Offering alternative understandings of contemporary feminism permeated with Eurocentric pedagogies, the magical realist fable is black and white, and will be screened in Arabic with English subtitles.
Premiering at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival Critics Week, where it received the Verona Film Club Award for Most Innovative film, Scales has gone on to receive further accolades for Best Film and Best Director at Carthage Film Festival, Singapore International Festival and the Cairo International Film Festival.
It has been selected to screen at the BFI London Film Festival, New Wave Film Festival, and SXSW. Scales marks Ameen’s first feature film. Born and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the writer-director is known for her short films Our Own Musical (2009), Leila’s Window (2011) and Eye & Mermaid (2013).
Viewers will need to preregister here to receive the film link, through which they will be able to access the film at 8:30pm on 26 June. Viewers who join the screening at a later time will risk missing parts of the film, as it is not streamed on demand.
Images courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation