DIFF Daily 2011

SALAM DUBAI!

Dec 10,2011 - 06:48 PM

BY DIFF STAFF

Sensational, inspirational, celebrational and indeed – Muppetational!

The DIFF Red Carpet was invaded by an excited gang of Dubai kids yesterday afternoon as the hotly-awaited ‘The Muppets' movie finally rolled into town to
the clear delight of the young audience (and not a few mistyeyed, nostalgic parents, too). A laugh-out loud romp through a typically Muppet style plot of adventure, friendship, pratfalls and Miss Piggy, the tale brought the inner muppet out in all of us who saw it.

Meanwhile, while our fuzzy friends were the undoubted stars of the day, there was another reason to celebrate on Friday as DIFF presented its traditional Salam Cultural Bridge Day in which the festival articulated its core theme of Bridging Cultures and Meeting Minds with a day of fun activities and colourful events, taking place across the city.

‘Salam – Cultural Day’ took over the The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence. Meanwhile, slightly calmer activities were offered by Al Quoz gallery space and arts centre The JamJar, which hosted a live, three-hour painting session that saw lots and lots of paint splashed around.

Later, some 200 kites were released from The Walk symbolising the peaceful, multicultural diversity of the UAE,and the various nationalities that call it home, complemented by a range of lively performances by people from various countries including Lebanon, Africa, Mexico and Egypt. The events were complemented by the world premiere of Haider Rashid’s ‘Silence: All Roads Lead To Music’, in a free screening attended by a crowd that reflected the cosmopolitan and diverse make-up of Dubai society – a perfect representation of DIFF’s ongoing mission to bring together art, film and music lovers from around the world.

Rounding off a memorable day was the Gala Screening of ‘Terrafirma’, Emanuele Crialese’s splendid tale of a small Sicilian fishing village coping with the pressures of change forced upon them by new realities of life in the 21st century. Poignant, thoughtprovoking and beautifully-shot, the film highlighted yet again the extraordinary power of film in bringing disparate cultures and traditions together within a gripping story.

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