Festival Blog Day 7: And we’re in Fashion!
#BEV2013 is drawing to a close, and on the penultimate night of festival fun we spanned Gulf Futurism to Tangiers gangs, another sign that stories from the Arab world are nothing if not diverse. Keep reading for the full lowdown & don’t miss your chance to join us for one last night of incredible cinema, tonight at BFI!
We’re writing day 7′s Festival blog in our finest gladrags following a glittering outing of festival fave Fashion Loves Film at the ICA tonight. Three cutting-edge shorts – from art-film to stop-motion satire – preceded Cannes Award-winning doc DoBuy: The Fabric of Faith, plus an in-depth discussion exploring fashion trends across the MENA region. Fashion Loves Film Curator Kathryn Ferguson led the audience through uncharted fashion terrain, talking Gulf-Futurism trends and studded punk abayas, whilst Reina Lewis, Professor of Culture at the University of the Arts, added commentary on fashion’s place in the changing cultural landscape of the Emirates, including the growing blogging culture that allows a subversive space for dialogue, where women can construct alternative cultural readings of style and identity outside of heavily controlled mainstream media. The screening also brought to an end this year’s events at the ICA, where we’ve had a blast – thanks to all of you who came down.
Over at BFI Southbank the sell-outs continued with a second showing of the DFI Shorts Films Programme, plus the UK premiere of Leila Kilani’s edgy, explosive and Paris Award-winning snapshot of Tangiers, following an acclaimed Cannes premiere. Packed houses set us up nicely for tomorrow night’s closing gala, with Susan Youssef’s Dubai Film Festival Award-winning HABIBI (Darling, Something’s Wrong with Your Head) rounding off BEV 2013. We’ll also be welcoming special guests Sally El Hosaini (My Brother the Devil), Nikki Baughan (movieScope) and Rebecca Brand (WFTV) to announce the Festival Awards. The final few tickets are on sale now – we’ll see you there!