A special 2-day film festival themed WATER مياه; featuring films from across the world examining diverse issues.

This year, the Al Sidr Environmental Film Festival focuses on the theme of WATER مياه, seeking to inspire and stimulate audiences to understand the threats to our planet. The curation highlights both cinematic and artistic achievement at the highest levels, intending to provoke emotional experiences and stimulate intellectual ideas. The selected films represent environmental movements and science in both sophistication and elegant nuance. This year’s special program, on the occasion of COP 28, is supported by the Environmental Agency Abu Dhabi and The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi. Speakers and films will connect to the agenda of COP 28 and issues of climate change.

See the full lineup:

Sunday, October 22

3pm Screening – Overwhelming Discoveries

  • Presentation on Water and Activism by Rasha Saleh, Environmentalist, and founder of Enta Green
  • The Whelming Sea directed by Sean Hanley (US) – 27 min
  • The First Days directed by Stéphane Breton (France) – 74 min

5:30pm Screening – Cultures of Resistance and Resilience

  • Environmental Agency Presentation – Water Strategies for the Future by Dr Mahmoud Dawoud, Renowned Water Expert
  • The Land directed by Moe Sabbah (Lebanon) – 27 min
  • Living Water directed by Pavel Borecký (Switzerland/Czech Republic/Jordan) – 77 min

7:30pm Screening – The Ecological Conscious Rising

  • Children’s Films from Al Reef Film Festival (Lebanon) and Dibeen Creative Lab Films (Jordan) – 10 min
  • Everyday Life in a Syrian Village directed by Omar Amiralay (Syria) – 83 min

Monday October 23

7:30 pm Screening – Listening to Loss: Water and Climate Change

  • With an introduction by NYUAD Faculty Vikram Divecha and filmmakers of the feature film
  • And when I die let me be buried in a Hemlock coffin, so I’ll go through hell snapping” directed by Sarah Ema Friedland (US) – 8 min
  • Drowning Fish directed by Amir al Shenawi (Egypt) – 8 min
  • Whispers of Fire and Water directed by Lubdhak Chatterjee (India) – 83 min