Rhythm under the stars
Dec 17,2010 - 05:18 PM
Young Journalist Award Participant
Free screenings and concerts at this year’s DIFF have engaged the UAE community to such an extent this year that Festival organisers decided to make all Rhythm & Reels events free to the public – and expand the initiative even more next year.
Each year, Rhythm & Reels celebrates and brings to the forefront a compelling line-up of the best in regional and international cinema, documentaries, and music.
This special feature gives people the opportunity to watch movies and performances they wouldn’t usually have the chance to enjoy.
Dan Butkovich, Director of Festival Development said the overwhelming appeal of this year’s segment of Rhythm & Reels along with the picturesque venue of the open-air theatre venue at The Walk has spurred the public into participating more in Festival activities. Community involvement with DIFF is something the Festival wants to see more of every year.
Sarah Tausif, 21-year old student attended the screening of 1946 Mexican classic ‘Enamorada’. ‘I’ve never seen a Mexican movie before in my life and this was a really good one,’ she said.
After the movie Enamorada, there was a special performance by a mariachi ensemble Grupo Impulsor de la Musica Representativa de Mexico and folk dancers from Ballet Folklorico Yolitzi Widen de La Laguna.
Saher Ashary, 22, attended the screening with her friends and said that it was an amazing evening with Mexican song and dance. ‘We hope to come down here again next year,’ she added.
Over the past few days, movies such as the John Lennon biopic ‘LENNONNYC’ and Tom DiCillo’s ‘When You’re Strange: A Film About The Doors’ have been screened.
Egyptian independent movie ‘Microphone’ directed by Ahmed Abdalla will also be shown tonight as part Rhythm & Reels. The movie shed lights on the popular underground music scene in Alexandria and the struggles they face.
Microphone features the work of underground bands such a Y-Crew and Massar Egabari. These artists will also perform live at JBR.