The first and only feature film ever to be made in Yemen will make its Gulf premiere at the second Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) this week, as part of a programme to showcase young filmmakers from across the Arab world.

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Published: Sun 11 Dec 2005, 1:50 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:50 PM

"A New Day in Old Sana'a", a quirky and funny love story, addresses the age-old conflict between tradition and modernity via a highly unusual plot. The film's protagonist, Tariq, faces the biggest dilemma of his life when his fiancee's wedding dress is stolen and he falls in love with the mysterious young woman who appears in it. His fiancée, meanwhile, turns to the local community to start a frantic search for the unidentified thief, resulting in a string of unexpected events.

The film marks the feature film debut for British-Yemeni director Bader Ben Hirsi, who has previously worked in drama and television documentary, and is one of the six films showcased in the DIFF's new Dubai Discoveries section. It is also the first feature film to emerge from Yemen, which has no history of film production.

DIFF programmer Ziad Khuzai said the aims of the section are two-fold: to show how young Arab filmmakers are establishing new cinematic forms that break away from the commercial mainstream, and to convey the difficulties young Arab filmmakers face in securing funding for their films.

The second DIFF will present 98 feature and short films and documentaries.

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