DIFF Daily 2011

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PALESTINE NOW

Dec 13, 2011 - 06:52 PM

Cinema from the Occupied Territories riding high within broader Arab industry BY ESRAA ABOUSHAHIN This year, six Palestinian films are participating in the Dubai International Film Festival, reflecting a new, reinvigorated era of production for cinema from the region. Whether originating from Palestine or across the diaspora, the ability to tell compelling, and authentic stories has boosted Palestinian cinema’s presence onto the global scene. Palestinian filmmaker and competitor in DIFF's Muhr Arab Documentary section with 'The Invisible Policeman', Laith Al-Juneidi believes Palestinian cinema is currently ... read more

We get by with a lots of help from our volunteers…

Dec 13, 2011 - 06:46 PM

Of course, fantastic films, stunning location and the presence of hundreds of film folk from around the world all help – but behind the scenes it takes a considerable amount of military-style planning to ensure that everything runs smoothly and as close to plan as possible. And ensuring this happens are our invaluable squadrons of volunteers, the friendly, purposeful corps of Dubai-based film-lovers who work tirelessly around the clock to keep DIFF ticking over. This year, there are 700 DIFF volunteers recruited from universities and colleges across Dubai, including the Dubai Women’s College, Zayed ... read more

Interview: Abdulhamid Juma Chairman of DIFF

Dec 13, 2011 - 05:13 PM

How would you describe the evolution of DIFF over the last eight years? Did you ever think the festival would open with a film of Mission:Impossible’s calibre and with cast in attendance? Abdulhamid Juma: Yes and no. Yes, because I knew something special would happen, no, because I didn’t have the specifics in my mind. We were the first in the region to launch an international film festival and I always knew Dubai has what it takes to be spectacular. Every year since 2004, we’ve always wanted to outdo the previous edition. And we continue to surprise ourselves. I wouldn’t attribute it to luck, but ... read more

Willkommen in Dubai!

Dec 13, 2011 - 05:04 PM

BY DIFF STAFF The In Focus theme of DIFF 2011 took centre stage on the DIFF red carpet last night as the festival’s distinguished German guests arrived to not only watch the In Focus – Germany gala, ‘Three Quarter Moon’, but to witness a rather proud moment for DIFF indeed, the awarding of legendary director/producer Werner Herzog with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Director Christian Zubert, lead actor Elmar Wepper and child actor Mercan Turkoglu represented the film, a tender and heartwarming tale of Hartmut Mackowiak, a grizzled old German taxi driver whose life changes when his wife leaves him. With ... read more

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