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 Dear Backers! 

Welcome to our crowdfunding page. We're very excited to be sharing our latest project with you: SAFAR Film Festival 2016

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This year for the first time SAFAR will focus on contemporary Arab cinema, screening films that are singularly defiant of stereotypes, social taboos and self-censorship. Celebrated writer and independent film and visual arts curator Rasha Salti, is responsible for this year’s magnificent programme: http://www.arabbritishcentre.org.uk/safar-2016/full-programme-listing/

Your help is extremely important to us, whether you pledge £5, £10, £20 or £500! You can even support us by simply spreading the word about this campaign via email, Twitter or Facebook. Every little helps!  

About SAFAR

The Arab British Centre established the bi-annual SAFAR Film Festival in 2012 to celebrate the achievements of Arab cinema, and provide audiences the opportunity to access films rarely seen in the UK. The Arab British Centre was named winner of the prestigious UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture 2012, for the SAFAR FILM FESTIVAL and the centre’s efforts to develop, disseminate and promote Arab culture in Britain. 

SAFAR 2012 Forum: Philippe Aractingi, Khalid Abdalla and Hussein Fahmi in conversation with Brian Whitaker
SAFAR 2012 Forum: Philippe Aractingi, Khalid Abdalla and Hussein Fahmi in conversation with Brian Whitaker

From 14-18 September 2016, SAFAR will return to the Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA), for its third edition. This year SAFAR focuses on Contemporary Arab Cinema; a testament to the unflinching vitality, versatility and creativity of Arab film culture, showcasing contemporary voices and the singular talents both from emerging filmmakers and master auteurs. Overtly defying and transgressing social and political taboos, this year’s chosen films cross genres and borders, heralding the profound transformations that have taken place in Arab societies since 2011. The selection also celebrates the breadth of work from across the Arab world with films from Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia, mediating stories that challenge stereotypes and self-censorship. 

SAFAR 2016 will present a selection of films from across the Arab world
SAFAR 2016 will present a selection of films from across the Arab world

Why should you support us?

A message from our Chairman:

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By supporting our Kickstarter campaign, you can be part of one of the most exciting, diverse and challenging film festivals in the UK. Your participation will make this edition the most ambitious and impactful yet! 

SAFAR 2014 forum discussion with the late Mohamed Khan
SAFAR 2014 forum discussion with the late Mohamed Khan

By backing SAFAR 2016, you will be supporting a cultural programme that aims to:

  • enhance understanding of contemporary Arab cultures and Arab cinematic achievement
  • support the growth and popularity of Arab Cinema and film makers within the United Kingdom
  • present audiences a rare opportunity to access films never seen before in the UK
  • allow audiences to engage with and learn from directors, artists and critics through the SAFAR Film Festival engagement programme
  • support integrated community life in the UK by challenging prejudice and addressing misunderstanding of the Arab world
  • be accessible to cross-cultural and cross-generational audiences in London
  • raise awareness, appreciation and understanding of Arab cinema in the UK.
Image from 'Starve Your Dog' directed by Hicham Lasri, part of SAFAR 2016 programme
Image from 'Starve Your Dog' directed by Hicham Lasri, part of SAFAR 2016 programme

How can you help?

  • There are many ways you can help, the first and foremost way is by pledging money to this campaign! Even £5 goes a long way! 
  • Tell your friends! Help us spread the word about SAFAR through your own social media feeds like Twitter and Facebook. Our social media handles are: Twitter @ArabBritishCent, Facebook/thearabbritishcentre and Instagram @arabbritishcentre. You can also use #safar2016 for all your SAFAR related posts. 
  • Buy tickets to our screenings and celebrate with us the achievements of contemporary Arab cinema. 
Image from 'As I open My Eyes' directed by Leyla Bouzid, part of SAFAR 2016 programme
Image from 'As I open My Eyes' directed by Leyla Bouzid, part of SAFAR 2016 programme

 

Risks and challenges

As a charitable organisation, the Arab British Centre fundraises for every project it runs, which is one of the reasons we started this Kickstarter campaign.

One of the risks could be that we don’t raise all the money for our festival. If this is the case, we would still be in a position to run the festival but on a much smaller scale. We plan on mitigating this risk by reaching out to our diverse and numerous networks by asking them to support and help promote the campaign.

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    THANK YOU from SAFAR

    Your support means the world to us! By pledging £5, you will be thanked on our website and will also receive exclusive event updates from The Arab British Centre's monthly newsletter.

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    FRIEND of SAFAR

    By pledging £10 you will become a FRIEND of SAFAR 2016 and get your name credited on our website. You will also receive exclusive event updates from our monthly newsletter as well as high resolution digital downloads of SAFAR 2012 and 2014 film festival posters.

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    SAFAR AMBASSADOR

    For your generous donation you will receive all of the above, plus a special mention on our social media and a SAFAR 2016 digital pack containing social media banners and posters.

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    SAFAR AMBASSADOR + Ticket

    For your generous donation you will recieve all of the above, plus an advanced ticket to a SAFAR 2016 screening at the ICA! You will also recieve an exclusive set of 5 postcards designed by 5 winners of our postcard design competition.

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    SAFAR AMBASSADOR + DVD

    For £25 you'll receive the benefits of the SAFAR AMBASSADOR package, plus a signed DVD of Salem Brahimi's acclaimed 2014 documentary 'Abd El-Kader'. The film recounts the life and spiritual journey of Emir Abd El-Kader. http://bit.ly/1OPI80m

    Salem Brahimi was born in London to Algerian parents. He was a production manager on Claire Denis' Beau travail (99), his directorial credits include the documentaries Africa is Back (10), Abd El-Kader (14) and Let Them Come.

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    SAFAR AMBASSADOR + Digital Download

    For £25 you'll receive the benefits of the SAFAR AMBASSADOR package and an exclusive digital download of the behind the scenes video from Hicham Lasri's latest film 'Starve Your Dog'.

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    SAFAR AMBASSADOR + Zaytoun Hamper

    For your generous donation you will receive all the benefits of becoming a SAFAR AMBASSADOR plus an exclusive hamper of Palestinian products from Zaytoun. The hamper includes olive oil, dates, za'atar and hand-rolled maftoul. Get yours now!

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    SAFAR AMBASSADOR + Signed Poster

    By pledging £35, you'll receive the benefits of the SAFAR AMBASSADOR package plus an exclusive, A4, high quality signed poster of 'Starve Your Dog', Hicham Lasri's latest film.
    Hicham Lasri was born in Morocco. He has worked as a screenwriter for Hicham Ayouch and Omar Chraîbi. As a director, his credits include the features The End (2011), C'est eux les chiens... (2013), The Sea Is Behind (2014), and Starve Your Dog (2015).

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    'Let Them Come' Signed Photograph

    By pledging £50, you'll receive a signed high quality A5 photograph of Salem Brahimi's latest fiction film, 'Let Them Come': http://bit.ly/1VNQehK

    Salem Brahimi was born in London to Algerian parents. He was a production manager on Claire Denis' Beau travail (99), his directorial credits include the documentaries Africa is Back (10) and Abd El-Kader (14). Let Them Come (15) is his fiction feature debut.

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    Afternoon Tea @ CORINTHIA HOTEL LONDON

    This exclusive experience is provided by the SAFAR FILM FESTIVAL sponsor, The Corinthia Hotel London! After taking afternoon tea in luxury, you and a friend will also be given two tickets to a screening at SAFAR.

    Afternoon Tea will include: classic combination of delectable finger sandwiches, served on artisanal breads, scones served deliciously warm and accompanied by clotted cream and jam, and a selection of fancies and a range of teas carefully selected by master tea blenders, Harney & Sons.

    Check out the Corinthia Hotel London's website here: http://www.corinthia.com/hotels/london/dining-and-bars/afternoon-tea/

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    VIP Opening Reception

    By pledging £150, you will have access to our VIP opening reception at the prestigious Institute for Contemporary Arts where you will have the chance to meet film directors and key film industry figures while listening to some of the best re-mastered Arabic tunes. The VIP access also gives you the opportunity to attend SAFAR's opening film screening, 'Before the Summer Crowds', directed by the late Mohamed Khan.

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    Signed Cinema Poster by Salem Brahimi

    This unique piece of Film Memorabilia is not to be missed!

    For £200 you will receive the SAFAR Ambassador package plus a signed 120cm x 160cm cinema poster of Salem Brahimi's film 'Let Them Come', which will premiere in the UK at the SAFAR Film Festival.

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    VIP DINNER

    For £500 you and a friend will have access to the SAFAR VIP opening reception at the ICA, two tickets to the opening film screening of 'Before the Summer Crowds', directed by the late Mohamed Khan, plus a VIP dinner in the presence of Rasha Salti and some of the acclaimed SAFAR FILM FESTIVAL directors.

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    VIP Experience

    For £1,000 you and a friend will receive the full VIP SAFAR Experience. This unique opportunity will provide access to the SAFAR VIP opening reception at the ICA, two tickets to each film and dinner with film curator Rasha Salti and some of the acclaimed SAFAR FILM FESTIVAL directors.

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    Become a SAFAR FILM FESTIVAL PARTNER

    For £2,500 or more, you or your business would be recognised as a significant supporter of this year’s festival. A package can be tailored to your requirements by the SAFAR FILM FESTIVAL team. Packages may include press mentions, logos on all printed and digital branding, VIP access to screenings, receptions and dinners, etc.

    Contact amani@arabbritishcentre.org.uk for more information.

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