'Baba' Screening + In Conversation with Adam Ali.

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'Baba' Screening + In Conversation with Adam Ali.

Date: Monday 29th August
Location: Storehouse & Co-working


Winner of the £30,000 Iris Prize 2021 for best LGBT+ Short Film Adam Ali in conversation with Gabriel Clark.

At 3pm on the bank holiday of Pride weekend, whilst nursing the hangover from celebrating the weekend, we will be screening the 18 minute award winning short-form LGBT film 'Baba' down in the Storehouse, our basement venue. We'll then ascend to the Co-Working space on the ground floor for an in-conversation with star and writer Adam Ali. He'll be joined by Gabriel Clark and will delve into growing up in Manchester, perusing a career in tv & film, creating queer stories, activism and being vocal about issues tackling the LGBT community.

Living in the tunnels beneath Tripoli, a queer Libyan teenager dreams of escape to a better life, but an unexpected discovery forces him to question whether to stay or flee from his homeland. Baba, directed by Sam Arbor and Adam Ali, was announced the winner of the Iris Prize 2021, Cardiff’s International LGBT+ Short Film Prize, sponsored by The Michael Bishop Foundation. The £30,000 prize enables Sam and Adam to make a new short film in Wales, becoming the thirteenth Iris production. In addition, Baba also won the Best British Award, supported by Film4 and Pinewood Studios. This is only the second time in the festival’s 15-year history that a film has won both categories. The winner receives an exclusive screening of their film in the deluxe John Barry Theatre at Pinewood Studios complete with red carpet, and a welcome reception with drinks and canapes sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group.

Adam Ali:
Adam Ali is a British Libyan actor and director striving to celebrate queer Muslim visibility. He received a Film Independent Spirit Award nomination for his performance as 'Zain' in the season finale of Apple TV's 'Little America'. Directed by NBC's Queer As Folk reboot director Stephen Dunn, Adam starred alongside Haaz Sleiman as they told the story of a gay Syrian refugee who dreams of being openly gay. This year saw the international release of 'EUROPA', a new Italian American feature directed by Haider Rashid, in which Adam plays the lead, 'Kamal'. Europa has received the prestigious 1st prize at Cairo Film Connection and earned Adam Best Actor at Inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival. Set to hit in the new year is Waterloo Road's comeback to BBC One. This is Adam's newest endeavour in his portrayals of positive Arab queer stories.

Event info.

When? Monday 29th August, 3pm-5pm
Storehouse, Whitworth Locke
How much?
Free, please email [email protected] if you have any questions or queries.

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