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  • TROUBLED WATERS
    AKAR
    (TROUBLED WATERS)
    Programme Muhr Arab Short
    Genre Drama and Social
    Directed by Toufic Khreich _____ Toufic Khreich was born and raised in South Lebanon. He moved to Beirut for his studies, where he graduated from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts in 2003 with a short film, THIS IS THE VOICE OF THE SOUTH.

    After being away from Beirut for 27 years, Iskandar comes back to meet his father. Upon his return, Iskandar is haunted by his childhood memories. ...

  • STRAY DOGS
    JIAO YOU
    (STRAY DOGS)
    Programme Muhr Asia Africa Feature
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Tsai Ming Liang _____ Tsai Ming Liang (born 1957, Malaysia) is one of the most prominent film directors of the New Taiwan Cinema movement. In 1994, his film VIVE L’AMOUR won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, establishing him in the world of international cinema. His feature films include: THE RIVER (1997), THE HOLE (1998), GOOD BYE, DRAGON INN (2003), THE WAYWARD CLOUD (2005) and VISAGE (2009).

    A father and his two children wander the streets of modern-day Taipei. The father scrapes out a meagre income as a human billboard for luxury apartmen...

  • HOW I LIVE NOW
    Programme Cinema of the World
    Genre Action, Drama and Thriller
    Directed by Kevin MacDonald _____ Kevin MacDonald (born 1962, Scotland) won an Oscar for Best Feature Documentary for ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER (1999), which focused on the Munich Olympics. He has also been awarded a BAFTA for Best British Film for TOUCHING THE VOID (2003), adapted from mountaineer Joe Simpson’s best-selling account of incredible endurance. His filmography includes HUMPHREY JENNINGS (2000), THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND (2006) and MARLEY (2012).

    Kevin MacDonald’s gripping thriller is an adaptation of the eponymous 2004 novel by Meg Rosoff. An American girl, on holiday in the English countrysid...

  • SHEPHERDESSES
    ADHIJIR
    (SHEPHERDESSES)
    Programme Arabian Nights
    Genre Documentary
    Directed by Amina Souleiman _____ Amina Souleiman (born Djibouti) has founded several NGOs in the UK and Somalia, including the Women’s Integrated Network (WIN). She has written Chaos Café, a novel about the experiences of child combat in Somalia. SHEPHERDESSES is her first film. <br />

    Alifa, 12, lives in Somaliland and was raised by her aunt Sahra, who taught her how to be a shepherdess. As is the custom in her community, Alifa is b...

  • CHOLO
    Programme Gulf Voices
    Genre Family
    Directed by Muzna Almusafer _____ Muzna Almusafer (born 1987, Oman) discovered her passion for films while watching classical Indian films with her grandfather. Her first film, NIQAB, won the Student Short Competition at the Gulf Film Festival in 2010.

    The dark-skinned 11-year-old Cholo meets his fair-skinned brother Abdullah for the first time, when their father Said arrives in Muscat from Zanzibar....

  • LIPSTICK
    AHMAR SHEFAH
    (LIPSTICK)
    Programme Iraqi Legacy: Children of Future
    Genre Comedy and Drama
    Directed by Luay Fadhil _____ Luay Fadhil (born 1982, Iraq) is an award-winning film-maker whose filmography includes: PASTEL (2010, Second Prize – Documentary competition at GFF), FRAME (2011, Second Prize – Shorts Competition, GFF) and COTTON (2012, Best Director– Shorts Competition, GFF).

    In one of Baghdad’s boys-only high schools, teenage boys fantasise about their teacher in a sex-ed class. Meanwhile, Ali remains oblivious and naïve, ...

  • GAS IS OVER
    BENZIN BITTI
    (GAS IS OVER)
    Programme Muhr Asia Africa Short
    Genre Drama and Family
    Directed by Askhat Kuchinchirekov _____ Kazakhstani director Askhat Kuchinchirekov has previously acted in Sergei Dvortsevoy’s film TULPAN (2008). GAS IS OVER is his debut film.

    In GAS IS OVER, a boy’s dreams revolve around one particular lake. His dreams seem as if they are about to come true when he sets off for the lake wit...

  • KILLING HER IS A TICKET TO PARADISE
    KATLHA TAZKERA LELJANA
    (KILLING HER IS A TICKET TO PARADISE)
    Programme Arabian Nights
    Genre Social
    Directed by Khadija Al-Salami _____ Khadija Al-Salami is the recipient of the Legion d'Honneur, and produces documentaries in France and Yemen. Al-Salami also works as the press and cultural counsellor and as a director at the Embassy of Yemen in Paris.

    When the outspoken Bouchra Al Maqtari writes an article, expressing her disappointment in a broken dream of freedom and democracy, it never occurs to ...

  • INSTANT MOMMY
    Programme Cinema of Asia Africa
    Genre Comedy and Drama
    Directed by Leo Abaya _____ Leo Abaya is a visual artist and award-winning production designer. His film credits include Chito Roño’s ITANONG MO SA BUWAN (1988), Marilou Diaz-Abaya’s MURO-AMI (1999) and Jeffrey Jeturian’s KUBRADOR (2006). INSTANT MOMMY is his debut as a screenwriter and director.

    In this hilarious comedy, Eugene Domingo plays Bechayda, who is in a long distance relationship with Kaoru, a Japanese man. Pregnant and in love, the ...

  • BIDESIA IN BAMBAI
    Programme Muhr Asia Africa Documentary
    Genre Documentary, Musical and Social
    Directed by Surabhi Sharma _____ Surabhi Sharma has been making documentaries since 2000 with a key focus on documenting cities in transition through the lens of labour, music and migration, and most recently reproductive labour. Cinéma vérité and ethnography are the genres that influence her film-making. Her films have been screened and awarded at international film festivals..

    In the Bhojpuri language, ‘bidesia’ is the one who leaves home. One in four migrants in Mumbai is Bhojpuri, and they call India’s financial capital, ‘...

  • WAR CANISTER
    KHAZAN HARB
    (WAR CANISTER)
    Programme Iraqi Legacy: Children of Future
    Genre Drama, Family and Social
    Directed by Yahya Al-Allaq _____ Yahya Al-Allaq (born Iraq) has worked as first assistant director on feature films directed by Mohamed Al Daradji. Al-Allaq has directed MY NAME IS MOHAMMED (2008) and COLA (2011, Winner of Official Gulf Competition at GFF 2011).

    A deaf boy from Baghdad can only dream of having a normal childhood. He is forced to steal oil canisters to support his family. On an eventful bus rid...

  • A DREAM
    HULOM
    (A DREAM)
    Programme Gulf Voices
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Faisal Al-Duwaisan _____ Faisal Al-Duwaisan’s (born Kuwait) short film, DETERMINATION, participated at GFF 2008. He has an MFA and has attended workshops by director Mohammed Khan and actor Nour El-Sherif. He runs a photography company, eF-Agency.

    Amer has a dream that recurs every night. In the dream, his wife, Rana, is with a strange man. As Amer struggles to understand the meaning of his drea...

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