Each month will focus on a different theme, genre or region.

The BFI Southbank is launching a year-long monthly programme dedicated to Arab cinema from the region and its diaspora.

Discover Arab Cinema kicks off in November and will show contemporary and classic Arab films, including shorts and features.

Each month’s programme will be organised by a different theme, genre or region, with the first three months (November 2013 – January 2014) dedicated to Egyptian cinema, the Family in Middle Eastern societies and Algerian cinema.

Mona Deeley programmes in association with the Zenith Foundation.

Films to be shown include Tawfik Abu Wael’s Thirst; Yahia Al Abdallah’s The Last Friday; Mohamad Lakhdar Hamina’s Chronicle of the Years of Fire; Mohamed Hamidi’s Homeland; Ibrahim El Batout’s Eye of the Sun; and Ahmad Abdallah’s Microphone.