The Dash Café: Celebrating Muslim Cultures across Europe

Thu 31 January - Thu 31 January 7pm til late
Free / Main Space / Unreserved Limited Seating

Celebrating Muslim Cultures Across Europe. A night of stimulating debate and great music

The Dash Café presents an evening of film and music, celebrating the cultural diversity of Europe's Muslim communities. This event is in partnership with the Open Society Foundations – to celebrate their At Home In Europe Project, which explores the diverse experiences of Muslim communities throughout Europe.

We are proud to present, courtesy of Pathé International, an exclusive screening of acclaimed French film Hold Back (Rengaine). Directed by Rachid Djaïdani, the film thrilled audiences at Cannes and the London Film Festival last year. Set in modern-day Paris, it tells the story of Dorcy, a young Christian black man, who wants to marry Sabrina, a young Arab girl. It would be simple and easy if she didn’t have forty brothers, and if this carefree proposal didn’t raise all the taboos still heavily anchored in both communities. Slimane, the elder brother of Sabrina’s family and keeper of the traditions, will try to oppose their union by any means necessary…

A fearless, funny and provocative film, whose dynamic camerawork and editing bring alive the diverse and bustling back-streets of Paris, and carry the audience along from start to finish.

Winner of the Cineuropa Award, Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival 2012, and of the “Prix Nice Time” for best feature film in competition, Festival Tous Ecrans, Geneva, 2012.

“Brisk and brash, the latest twist on well-worn Romeo and Juliet/West Side Story themes has an irresistibly youthful zest that easily transcends and justifies the rough edges of its unvarnished approach. … It's a deceptively smart take on hot-button racial issues” Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter

This Café also sees the return of two bands who have taken the Dash Café by storm in the past: the Fantazia Duo and Abdelkader Saadoun. The Fantazia Duo were the Dash Café’s regular house band during our Arabic Series from 2010-2012: they play a breathtakingly rootsy blend of Gnawa, Chaabi and Dance which draws on the vibrant rhythms and rich musical tradition of North Africa. Abdelkader Saadoun is known as the “King of Rai”: he and his band play the dynamic and danceable sound of Rai, which is rooted in the fast rhythms of traditional Algerian music and also encompasses Pop, Jazz, Funk, Salsa, Rock, Fusion and Blues.

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