Qatar National Library (QNL) launched on Wednesday 'Arab Cinema Posters: Art and Memory', a new digital exhibition featuring curated film posters (affiches) from the Heritage Library's Arab Cinema Archive.
HE Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari, Minister of State, and President of QNL, officially opened the digital exhibition, which will appear on the digital totems next to the Young Adults’ Area.
“This unique and beautiful exhibition sheds light on an aspect of our heritage which may have been previously overlooked; movie posters. This is an artform that reflects peoples' cultures, identities, customs and traditions, and keeps a record of their history, features, victories and defeats, their social life and joy and sorrow. It is an essential part of human heritage that we must preserve and maintain,” HE Dr al-Kawari said in a press statement.
The exhibition is the first digital exhibition organised by the Heritage Library at QNL and has seven sections in total: The Beginnings of Arab Cinema; Cinema and Literature; Cinema and Society; Historical Cinema and International Productions; National Films in Cinema; and Women and Cinema. A special section of the exhibition traces the development of cinema in the Gulf.
“What makes this exhibition truly unique and accessible to all is the modernity of QNL, represented by its entry into the digital world with the latest technology. The treasures of this library create a magnificent interactive cultural experience which is a must-see for lovers of art, film and history,” HE Dr al-Kawari said.
For everyone’s safety, library visits are currently by appointment only. Moreover, visitors will be allowed into the building only if they fulfill the following conditions: Confirm their slot booking through QNL website, are between ages 13 and 60, have a green status on the Ehteraz app, have a temperature of no more than 37.8C, and have a face mask or shield.
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