Global Art Forum: Cinema Akil Presents ‘CONSIDER THE ROBOT & “OTHER” STATES OF FUTURENESS’

Friday, March 23

Metropolis. Brigitte Helm being prepared for Robot scene. Germany 1925/26. Director: Fritz Lang.

Cinema Akil presents a filmic framework of intersectional imagination.
Sci-fi short mockumentary Last Days of the Man of Tomorrow (2017) takes a look at Lebanon’s history through the life and legend of Manivelle, an automaton gifted to the nation  in 1945, making it the country’s first AI citizen. In Wanuri Kahui’s sci-fi drama Pumzi (2009), a post-apocalyptic future East Africa is visited, 35 years after World War III. Together, the two sci-fi shorts will unthink Eurocentric depictions of imminent automation. A conversation between Pumzi director Wanuri Kahui and writer/curator Özge Calafato explores these themes deeper. Cinema Akil at GAF12 will close with the Middle East premiere of the documentary Free Lunch Society (2017) as the Lexus, the Nexis and the Auto Tree collide and crossover to face UBI realpolitik.

Access: No RSVP required

Time: 3:00-6:00pm

Location: Global Art Forum Tent, Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah