DIFF Takes Regional Talent to the World

DUBAI - The Dubai International Film Festival’s cultural bridges are reaching into four continents this year, taking the best filmmaking from the Gulf, Levant, Maghreb and Egypt to tens of thousands of men, women and children in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 11 Aug 2009, 10:35 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:20 AM

Film festivals around the world, from the Zanzibar International Film Festival in Tanzania and the Ahmedabad International Film Festival in India to the Taormina festival in Italy, have included record numbers of DIFF films in their repertoire for 2009, delivering on two core Festival goals.

UAE drama‘ Bint Mariam’ was screened at the global festival.In the last two months alone, more than 30 DIFF films, including Palestinian love story ‘Pomegranates and Myrrh’, Algerian comedy ‘Masquerades, and UAE drama ‘Bint Mariam’, have screened at global festivals.

DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma said, “Since its inception, the Dubai International Film Festival has strived to provide a global platform for the best Arab product and talent, and to bring the world a little closer by bridging cultures through the universal language of cinema.

Today, the results of our efforts are evident across the globe, and we are delighted to play a part in achieving these noble goals.”

Around the world, film festivals are widely regarded as the most effective springboard into the public consciousness, offering unconventional and experiential fare that allows viewers to understand different cultures and remote events without leaving home.

Members of the Palestinian love story ‘Pomegranates and Myrrh’.In addition to participating in Italy’s Messina Film Festival and the Golden Apricot International Film Festival of Yerevan, Armenia, this month, Festival films from Algeria, Morocco, Palestine, Egypt, the UAE and other GCC countries will be screened in the Levant and Australia later this year.

Award-winning Emirati filmmaker Ali Mostafa, whose film ‘Under the Sun’ screened in Armenia and Italy, said the Festival’s international reach and commitment to regional talent filmmakers offer a unique and powerful opportunity for Arab filmmakers young and old.

Other DIFF films selected for international festivals include ‘Adhen’ and ‘China is Still Far’ from Algeria; Morocco’s Casanegra; Palestinian films ‘Salt of the Sea’ and ‘The Space Exodus’; and Lebanese feature ‘The North Road’.


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