Recommended for: AS, A2 and equivalent level Arabic
Capacity: 158 places
This A Level study session will introduce students to contemporary Arabic cinema through a film screening, enabling them to develop skills to communicate effectively in Arabic and transfer various meanings into English. Using motion picture as the stimulus, A Level language exercises based on the events depicted in the film will encourage students to take part in reading, writing, speaking and listening activities; as well as enhancing positive attitudes to Arabic learning.
This event will be open to 14-19 year old and their personal tutors only.
This study session will include a full screening of the film A Thousand Months in Arabic with English subtitles.
Faouzi Bensaidi’s film A Thousand Months will be used as a catalyst for both GCSE and AS/A2 language exercises and discussion. With an introduction to the film, director and it’s context within contemporary Arabic cinema, learners will have the opportunity to explore topics such as personal relationships, life as a young boy, entitlement and responsibility. Language exercises based on the events depicted in the film will encourage students to take part in reading, writing, speaking and listening activities; as well as enhancing positive attitudes to Arabic learning within modern day culture.
Set during Ramadan in 1981, A Thousand Months tells the story of Medhi, a seven-year-old boy (Fouad Labied) who lives in the Atlas Mountains. His job is to watch over the chair of the teacher at school – a privileged task and the chair itself is a precious currency for bartering. His mother Amina (Nezha Rahil) and grandfather make him believe that Medhi’s father has gone to work in France, when in fact his father is in a local prison. This charming and beautifully shot film focuses on Medhi’s relationship with the village, his friends and a world of stories that revolve about Medhi and the inanimate, but evocative and symbolic chair.