What is Aflam?

Aflam is the new home of modern Arabic cinema in Abu Dhabi. It's a monthly film club that will highlight and celebrate the best of independent Arabic films and filmmakers, showing independent films to the Abu Dhabi community and creating a film network for like minded people to meet and share ideas.

This film club is for all comers - not just Arabic speakers, but people of all backgrounds - as Aflam's films will have an international appeal, most having screened at major film festivals across the globe.

It's a club for you, offering complimentary seats, a chance to talk to film directors, and a place for film professionals and film fans to network.

Aflam tickets are free and are given to our registered members. (How to be a member?) Click here to sign up

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is behind Aflam?

Emirati filmmaker Nayla Al Khaja came up with the idea of an Arabic language film club in Abu Dhabi.

Where will Aflam be held?

At Vox Cinemas in Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi (Click here for location map).

When will Aflam be held?

Once a month, with exact dates posted on this website.

How do you get invited to Aflam?

  • In order to request for complimentary tickets to this event, you need to be a registered member with us. Visit "Join the club" to fill a simple form which will automatically enroll you as a member. Click here.
  • You can book up to 2 tickets online and the details of both AFLAM members need to be provided at the time of booking.
  • Tickets need to be collected from the AFLAM Registration Desk at VOX Cinemas Marina Mall on the night of the screening and are on a first come-first served basis, so we encourage all members to arrive as soon as the Registration Desk opens.
  • As an Aflam member you will get monthly updates as to what is showing each month, along with reminders to sign up for tickets.

What time will the event start?

  • Each event will start with a networking session normally at 7pm.
  • Guests will enter the theatre to view a UAE short film normally at 8pm.
  • The feature fill will start at approximately 8.15pm.
  • The Q&A with the director will start at around 10pm (but this will depend on each film duration).

Can you bring children?

It depends on the film being shown. All rating will be clearly shown.

Is there parking at the event?

Abu Dhabi Marina Mall has ample parking space.

Can you bring food and drink?

No, food and drink can be bought from the cinema.

How do I recommend a film?

The best way is by emailing us at aflam@aflamclub.com

How can I be a volunteer?

Aflam welcomes all volunteers. We'd love to hear from you. Please follow the link on the Contact Us page.

Aflam Launch Night

Abu Dhabi January 30, 2012: Over 400 film enthusiasts attended the Abu Dhabi launch of AFLAM, a new film club founded by leading UAE filmmaker and producer, Nayla Al Khaja, to showcase the best of Arabic independent cinema.

The inaugural event, which took place on 25th of January at Vox Cinemas in Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi and was suitably opened with a red carpet event, provided the audience with a screening of the critically acclaimed Tahrir 2011. The screening was followed by a question and answer session with AFLAM founder, Nayla Al Khaja, and Tahrir 2011’s producer, Mohamed Hefzy, who was flown to Abu Dhabi especially to address the multinational audience.

The launch was also attended by key cinema personalities from across the region, including Kuwaiti film distributor and General Manager of Kuwait National Cinema Co., Hisham Alghanim, and 27 cultural delegates from various countries, who are training to become future ambassadors.

Commenting on the launch, Nayla Al Khaja said: “It was heart warming to see a full house, filled with film enthusiasts of every nationality. The fact that our opening film, Tahrir 2011, was consequentially bought by Kuwaiti distributer, Hisham Al Ghanem for GCC distribution, goes to show what a significant role AFLAM will play for Arab filmmakers as well. With the support of twofour54, I look forward to bringing to Abu Dhabi the very best of Arabic Independent cinema, and for AFLAM to continue to serve as a catalyst for industry growth.

Also commenting on the launch, General Manager of Kuwait National Cinema Co., Hisham Alghanim, said: “It is an honour for me and my company to be the distributors of this film in the GCC.”

Nayla Al Khaja announced that AFLAM screening will be held every month, with the next screening already confirmed as ‘Habibi Ras Kharban’; a story of forbidden love set in Gaza, which earned regional recognition by winning the Grand Prize in the Emerging Narrative program at IFP’s Independent Film Week. All films screened through AFLAM will be subtitled in English, and registered members are given priority access. For tickets, people should register at www.aflamclub.com.

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