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  • Farah Al Qasimi, Um Al Naar (Mother of Fire), 2019, HD video, color, sound, 42 minutes 7 seconds.

    Farah Al Qasimi, Um Al Naar (Mother of Fire), 2019, HD video, color, sound, 42 minutes 7 seconds.

    Farah Al Qasimi

    The Third Line

    The Persian Gulf is beginning to feel decidedly witchy, with artists and filmmakers in the region increasingly drawn to local folklore and superstitions, referencing cultural practices involving the supernatural and occult that were once common but are increasingly taboo, even sometimes outlawed. Channeling this zeitgeist, Farah Al Qasimi’s “Arrival” explored beliefs and rituals related to the jinn—divinely created beings in Islamic mythology, invisible entities widely feared for their ability to possess humans—in the United Arab Emirates.

    The show’s centerpiece was the roughly forty-two-minute

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