Cinemana: The Circle by Nawaf Al Janahi

The Circle (2009)
A contemporary Arab film by Nawaf Al Janahi
Q&A session with the exclusive participation of the film director Nawaf Al Janahi
Screening in Arabic, with English subtitles
Duration : 82 min
Age : 12+


Ibrahim, a poet and a journalist, discovers that he will be dying soon from a fatal disease. He confronts his crook partnerBader, and demands his share to make sure that his wife has a better life after he’s gone. Shihab, a professional thief forced by his boss to do jobs for him in order to pay off a huge debt, plans to quit crime world to take care of his younger sister. They both meet accidentally and start seeing the world with different views.

About Nawaf Al Janahi

Nawaf Al Janahi is an actor and a film director who was born in Abu Dhabi (UAE) on 7 February 1977 to an Egyptian mother and an Emirati father. He started acting at 7, and at the age of 19 he moved to California (USA) to study the arts of cinema.His first feature length film “The Circle” was described by film critics as “a major turning point in Emirati and Gulf cinema”. Al Janahi’s second feature film “Sea Shadow” was released in cinemas across the Arabian Gulf in 2011 and reached in the 1st week the 2nd place in the top 5 movies in UAE, the biggest cinema market in the Arab world. Later, the film went on a global tour to 27 countries, the most remarkable tour for an Emirati feature film to date.

Beside making films, Nawaf Al Janahi is also the initiator of awareness film campaigns such as the Emirati Cinema Campaign and as the Black Box Cinema, part of the Abu Dhabi Book Fair. More information about him at

With the support of the Palestinian Business Council
In collaboration with NYUAD and the Arts center at NYUAD

CinemaNa is a cultural program organized by the Film department in NYUAD, the NYUAD Arts Center and Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi University, with the support of the Palestinian Business Council.  This program helps promote talented Arab film directors in the Middle East by highlighting the fine quality and creativity of contemporary Arab cinema.

Monday May 7, 2018
At 7:30pm – doors open at 7.00pm

Bookings are closed for this event.