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CinemaNa: Will Hayat manage to escape the sea creatures?


Catch this story of young and strong-willed Hayat who has to make a difficult choice between escape and giving herself up to sea creatures.

The screening of Scales, a dystopian story, forms part of CinemaNa’s fourth series of contemporary Arab cinema, presented by Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and the NYUAD Film and New Media Program,

Hayat is a curse on the village, after her father saved her from a fate of being given to the sea creatures, a tradition whereby each family must give the creatures one of their daughters. In turn the sea creatures are hunted by the men of the village. Her battle is to fight fate and prove her place in the village. But will she win?

The screening of Scales, on 12 October (online), is in partnership with Image Nation Abu Dhabi. The directing debut by Saudi filmmaker Shahd Ameen premiered in Critics’ Week at the Venice International Film Festival 2019 and was screened at the BFI London Film Festival 2019, followed by a Q&A with the director.

Screening: 12 October, 7.30pm, with subtitled. For tickets click here. For more information about the screening and CinemaNa, go to NYUAD

The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi re-invents its sixth season fall program for our fast-changing world

  • Building on more than 400 shows and performances in over five years, The Arts Center’s upcoming season includes works by artists who have reinvented their work for the online space and experience
  • Themed A Bridge, the new program looks to bring audiences both locally and internationally closer together in the current climate


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Presenting music, theater, dance, film and interdisciplinary performances that defy definition, The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi is a performing arts center that presents distinguished professional artists from around the world alongside student, faculty, and community productions. The Arts Center draws on the resources of NYUAD to create a dynamic space for research, investigation, and the active pursuit of knowledge and wisdom for audiences as well as visiting artists. The Arts Center is proudly supported by Swyp as lead sponsor and GAC as sustainer sponsor.


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