Discovering the Best Arab Film of All Times, in Florence
Byon Thu Apr 17, 2014
When the Dubai International Film Festival unveiled back in November its list of the “100 Best Arab Films of All Times” I was surprised to see ‘Al-Mummia’ (The Mummy) by Chadi Abdel Salam grab the coveted number one spot. Personally, I thought the position would belong to someone like Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman, who has simply reinvented the seventh art as a whole, and turned the concept of world cinema upside down with his work. I secretly wondered how a film shot in 1969 Egypt could embody the same magic as Suleiman’s contemporary masterpieces, and rise to the top of the charts in a book aptly named ‘Cinema of Passion’. But of course, I hadn’t yet watched ‘The Mummy -- The Night of Counting the Years’.
Introducing the Dublin Arabic Film Festival (DAFF) 2014
Wed Apr 16, 2014
PROJECT MARKET AMMAN
Tue Apr 8, 2014
The Project Market Amman introducing the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation Germany/Arab World takes place in cooperation with the Royal Film Commission - Jordan from May 29 to June 2, 2014.
What makes an Aflamnah “crowdfunding” success story?
Byon Sun Mar 30, 2014
Searching for Saris, a project that was selected by DIFF's production support program, Enjaaz, crowdfunded on Aflamnah last year to raise additional funding for post production and quickly became yet another of our hero projects.
‘Factory Girl’ - Independent Egyptian Film, Dream Come True
Byon Tue Mar 18, 2014
If I wanted to explain to the uninitiated why I love cinema from the Arab world so much, I would probably use Mohamed Khan’s ‘Factory Girl’ (FATAT EL MASNAA) as an example. Khan and his script-writer wife Wessam Soliman give the audience a story that is from the heart, about real women and actual men, set in a world where people move within those shades of grey we actually all live in, safely away - we think - from politics and wars, yet incredibly close to the precipice. Life, the real stuff, the kind we all live, everyday, everywhere. But more beautifully so.
Art Dubai, vibrant, credible and one of Dubai’s most popular fixtures on the capital’s art calendar returns for its eighth edition.
Sun Mar 16, 2014
There’s something for everyone at this year’s Art Dubai, now in its eighth year, the Festival has truly confirmed its position as the leading contemporary art fair for the Middle East & South Asia. From March 19th through to the 22nd, hundreds of artists and galleries from around the world will descend upon Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. This year promises to be a packed event including commissioned projects and performances, artists' and curators' residencies, educational workshops, the unveiling of works by the winners of the annual Abraaj Group Art Prize and the critically acclaimed Global Art Forum.
ART NIGHTS RETURNS TO DIFC
Fri Mar 14, 2014
An overview of the 4th edition of the Franco Film Festival 2014
Byon Thu Mar 13, 2014
DIFF is proud to be a part of the 4th edition of the Franco Film Festival 2014, in association with Institut Français, UAE which will run from March 26-29 at VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates.
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun: Cannes Juror, Exceptional Filmmaker
Byon Tue Mar 11, 2014
In the last few days, cinematic circles have been all abuzz at the news that the Cannes 2014 Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury will be headed by Abbas Kiarostami. Yet as much as I adore the Iranian filmmaker and count some of his titles among my top ten favorite films of all times, a name jumped at me from the list of his co-jurors: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun.
The Best Things in Life, and Cinema, Are Free
Byon Thu Mar 6, 2014
‘Gravity’ star Sandra Bullock famously said “I’ll do anything for free stuff” and I have to agree. There’s nothing quite like getting a free sample at the mall or taking home a goodie bag from an event you attended. It doesn’t really matter that the product isn’t right for you, or the stuff in the bag you’ll probably never use: It’s free, so it’s fun.