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Friday’s Radio Show – Arab Women in Film

Main-ident-no-logo Bird’s Eye View film festival returns with Arab women film makers in the lens for 2013. With events such as Fashion Loves Film, Sound and Silents, Shorts and Docs focus, the next is the much highlighted Bushra El-Turk’s live score for ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed’ at Barbican, April 5th. The featured films and music cover an impressive array of Middle East and North African countries, we find out more about it via this week’s interview with festival director Will Young, conducted and edited by musician/sound designer Hadi Bastani.

Prince Ahmed, eternally in silhouette.

Prince Ahmed, eternally in silhouette.

Running from 3-10 April and coinciding with International Women’s Day, the BEV Film Festival screens features, documentaries, short films, with panel discussions, ten exclusive director Q&As, seven UK premieres, two London premieres and two live music world premieres, plus their awards.

Screenings and events take place at BFI Southbank, Southbank Centre, Barbican, ICA and Hackney Picturehouse. Of note is the rescreening of Lotte Reiniger’s 1926 German animated fairytale film Prince Ahmed with a live score set up, as it has been on constant tour it seems after last year’s live performances by an array of musicians and sound artists including Arun Ghosh, KlangEssenz, Mira Calix, 3epkano and more. What will Bushra El-Turk be bring to the formula that is unique?