top of page
ABOUT THIS YEAR'S PROGRAM
A special 2-day film festival themed WATER(s) مياه; featuring films from across the world examining diverse issues.
This year, the Al Sidr Environmental Film Festival focuses on the theme of WATER(s) 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 COP28, 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.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT
Mentioned in the Quran, Al Kawthar is the river and source of water in paradise where the Prophet (PBUH) will greet the faithful. The actual root of the word, al-Kawthar(k-th-r), means both a material or spiritual abundance. Indeed, water’s many meanings burst exponentially wherever we follow its floods and streams, its sea and rivers, its swamps and sewers, and its waves and wells.
Wild in our imaginations, and ever so present in our daily lives, water is pervasive and also beyond our control. From the irrigation systems from over 7,000 years ago to the development of steam power and turbine pumps in the Industrial Revolution just over 200 years ago, water dominates our human history as we have tried to control it, and yet tsunamis, floods, and storms are not ours. Religions, myths and stories all navigate water’s paths and sanctify it.
Now, water perhaps defines many of our crises. Water and climate change are intertwined, and every ecological issue, some say, is a water issue. Water is a pillar of our faiths, a material to fight for, a force that destroys, and yet also a source of play, regeneration and purification.
Al Sidr Film Festival Artistic Director
ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY-ABU DHABI
The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi regulates and enforces Abu Dhabi's environmental laws to protect biodiversity and preserve the quality of life for a sustainable future. Starting as a small group of pioneering ecologists in 1996 working in the harsh desert environment, we have grown – breaking down barriers and pushing the limits of science and conservation. We are now the largest environmental regulator in the Middle East, continuing the strong legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan by exemplifying his values of conservation.
Situated in Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi’s cultural hub, The Arts Center is a vibrant laboratory for performance that both presents and develops work. The Arts Center fosters a dynamic relationship between the arts, scholarship, and the community. Its range of public programs animates and enriches the cultural life of both Abu Dhabi and the university, presenting distinguished professional artists from around the world alongside student, faculty, and community productions.
The Arts Center is home to NYU Abu Dhabi’s Theater, Music, Film & New Media, Visual Arts, and Interactive Media departments, bringing all the arts under one roof. Its resources include a complex of theaters and performance venues, a project space gallery, rehearsal rooms, film editing studios, classrooms, and workshop spaces.
BACKGROUND PHOTO CREATED BY TIRACHARD AT FREEPIK
© 2023 AL SIDR ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
bottom of page