FOUNDER OF CINEMA AKIL
Almost by the force of her sheer will and passion, Butheina has turned what
was once a makeshift pop-up theatre into the preeminent arthouse cinema
in the UAE with permanent home in Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue. If Cinema Akil
were a person, she told Time Out, it would be the flamboyant, original and
fearless British designer Vivienne Westwood. With the attention has come
more exclusive films and a reputation as one of the strongest homes for
independent cinema in the Arab world.