Around the world at DIFF
Dec 14,2010 - 11:13 AM
All About My Father
‘Beirut Al Mouss’ (All About My Father) finally makes its way to the Dubai International Film Festival after five years of on-and-off filming. A DIFF debutante in 2010, Lebanese filmmaker Zeina Sfeir says the film is an extremely personal film for her, as it’s all about the director’s father.
“If I were not a filmmaker, I can’t imagine being anything else,” says Sfeir, who fell in love with the world of cinema as an 8-year old child. “You should have an issue to talk about if you want to make a film. You need to be sensitive, passionate and patient. That’s what makes a successful filmmaker.”
All About My Father at DIFF 2010
Tonight at 22:15 at MoE 12
December 16 at 14:45 at MoE 9
ARIANE ASTRID ATODJI
Koundi and the National Thursday
When asked about what prompted her to enter the film industry, Ariane Astrid Atodji says, “When I was young I wanted to be Whitney Houston, but then I thought all of that stardom was only for the USA.” Determined Atodji sought out to participate in a workshop conducted by the Goethe–Institut, which resulted her first professional documentary.
In her film Atodji focuses on a village in Cameroon. “I was very impressed by the strength, unity and community life of the villagers where I filmed my documentary. Through my movie I want to show that African people should not always complain. You have to take what you get and make the most out of it, not wait for the government to work things out for you.”
Her philosophy in life is largely governed by expression, “I wanted to become a filmmaker or journalist to express my self. When I make a movie I’m really me and don’t belong to anybody. I would like to tell all budding filmmakers, if you want to make a film, don’t commit for the money, commit if you are spiritual about it.”
Koundi and the National Thursday at DIFF
Today at 15:15 at MOE 6
Emirati film producer and filmmaker Nujoom AlGhanem’s latest film ‘Hamama’, is a documentary about a 90-year old shaman, who is a living legend in the UAE. “It was hard to film as we had to take it slow for her. We had to stop filming quite a few times because she got tired.”
However, the nonagenarian was soon comfortable with the presence of the crew and adapted to their filming fairly quickly. “Once she accepted us, we saw the real Hamama,” says AlGhanem.
“I think viewers will be really be touched and moved by this story and that it will bring a new meaning and understanding of Hamama’s troubled and beautiful life.”
HAMAMA AT DIFF
December 15 at 18:45 at MoE 5
December 17 at 18:00 at MoE 4
Roberto Hernández is attending DIFF with his film ‘Presumed Guilty’, which is a 90-minute documentary about Antonio Zúñiga, who was sent to prison. The film examines the case of Zúñiga and also exposes the contradictions of a juristic system in dealing with human rights issues.
When questioned about the challenges of making the film, he says, “It was indeed a very difficult film to make and to get the camera in the courtroom to film the trial, was the most tedious task in the entire film. Hence we thought of conducting a re-trial and then filming that re-trial. So, the product of the film ended up becoming a very unique courtroom drama.”
“I hope the film appeals to the audience, as its received lots of accolades from different festivals and I hope audiences walk-out inspired and that the film gets airtime on television stations in the UAE soon.”
Presumed Guilty at DIFF
Today at 15:45 at MOE 7
Interviews by Asmaa Chaker Sultani, Chris Dsouza, Dinesh Ramanathan and Nikhita Sudhir