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Wed Nov 28, 2012
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) embraces the theme of “bridging cultures, meeting minds”, providing a forum for people from different cultures regardless of their race or religion and respects their innate right to have an opinion and express it, whether via the medium of cinema or any form of communication. This is reflected in the choice of films seen, celebrated and supported by the festival. When DIFF received a number of Syrian film submissions, including those produced by The National Film Organization, they were initially regarded as projects with their own discourse, statements, ideas and visions aiming to shed light on the current Syrian reality whose films, illustrate various approaches to the situation in the region. However, we cannot ignore that the directors of Mariam, My Last Friend and The Lover signed the “Syrian Filmmakers’ Statement”, issued in May 2011, which called for reformation under the leadership of the president of the republic, and have not retracted their support. Therefore, in light of the tragic ongoing situation that the people of Syria face every day and, in accordance with the politics of the UAE in advocating the Syrian people and their ambitions, we cannot justify celebrating these films. Dubai International Film Festival
Meet the Programmers: Erfan Rashid
Tue Nov 27, 2012
DIFF offers what no other festival does. Make the most of it - watch as many films as you can and search deeply behind what you see on the screen
DIFF meets Haifa al-Mansour
Mon Oct 22, 2012
After 5 years, the hard work is finally paying off for filmmaker Haiffa al-Mansour and her landmark film “Wadjda”. After returning back to her native Saudi Arabia we caught up with Haiffa to discuss her huge success at the 69th Venice Film Festival, the standing ovations and scooping the prestigious CICAE Award.
DIFF meets Annemarie Jacir
Sun Oct 21, 2012
This month independent filmmaker and screenwriter Annemarie Jacir will head to the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival to showcase her feature film “When I Saw You”. Endorsed by the Dubai Film Connection, the film has been shortlisted to participate in the prestigious Contemporary World Cinema section. Named one of Filmmaker magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema we caught up with Annemarie to talk about the film, the future and her inspirations...
DIFF meets Morteza Farshbaf
Sun Oct 21, 2012
DIFF welcomes Morteza Farshbaf to Dubai this week for Film Buzz’s “Focus on Iran” programme at The Pavilion, Downtown where audiences will be introduced to his debut feature film Mourning. A protégé of acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, Farshbaf is most defiantly one to watch in the new wave talent emerging from Iran.
DIFF meets Jane Williams
Sun Oct 21, 2012
Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has partnered with Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) in New York, the nation’s oldest and largest organisation of independent filmmakers in a bid to encourage, nurture and provide opportunities for Arab filmmakers to connect with financiers, influencers and decision-makers in film that can help them complete their films and connect with new audiences.
Mahmoud Al Massad: This is My Picture When I Was Dead
Thu Oct 4, 2012
Mahmoud Al Massad has received international acclaim for his documentaries Shatter Hassan, Recycle and This is My Picture When I Was Dead (Muhr Arab Documentary) reaching international and regional audiences. The Arab World Child Association chose Al Massad to be the 2002 Arab Ambassador of Culture.