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  • STRAY DOGS
    JIAO YOU
    (STRAY DOGS)
    Programme Muhr Asia Africa Feature
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Tsai Ming Liang _____ Tsai Ming Liang (born 1957, Malaysia) is one of the most prominent film directors of the New Taiwan Cinema movement. In 1994, his film VIVE L’AMOUR won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, establishing him in the world of international cinema. His feature films include: THE RIVER (1997), THE HOLE (1998), GOOD BYE, DRAGON INN (2003), THE WAYWARD CLOUD (2005) and VISAGE (2009).

    A father and his two children wander the streets of modern-day Taipei. The father scrapes out a meagre income as a human billboard for luxury apartmen...

  • THE RAILWAY MAN
    Programme Cinema of the World
    Genre Biography and Drama
    Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky _____ Jonathan Teplitzky (born Australia) has directed numerous music videos, commercials and television series. His feature films include BETTER THAN SEX (2000), GETTIN' SQUARE (2003) and BURNING MAN (2011).

    Eric Lomax was one of thousands of Allied prisoners of war forced to work on constructing the Thai-Burmese railway during the Second World War. His ex...

  • WUKAN: THE FLAME OF DEMOCRACY
    WUKAN: MINZU ZHI GUANG
    (WUKAN: THE FLAME OF DEMOCRACY)
    Programme Muhr Asia Africa Documentary
    Genre Documentary
    Directed by Lynn Lee _____ Lynn Lee has spent the last decade telling stories across Asia. PASSABE, her first documentary, was picked for a grant from the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund. It was acquired by ARTE and screened at film festivals across the world. It was banned in Indonesia for two consecutive editions of the Jakarta Int'l Film Festival. Lee also directed HOMELESS FC (2006) and AKI RA’S BOYS (2007). She has extensive TV experience, having produced and directed numerous television documentaries. , James Leong _____ James Leong has spent the last decade telling stories across Asia. PASSABE, his first documentary, was picked for a grant from the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund. It was acquired by ARTE and screened at film festivals across the world. It was banned in Indonesia for two consecutive editions of the Jakarta Int'l Film Festival. Leong also directed HOMELESS FC (2006) and AKI RA’S BOYS (2007). He has extensive TV experience, having produced and directed numerous television documentaries.

    Late in 2011, Wukan, a village in southern China, captured international attention when demonstrators flooded the streets, rebelling against decades o...

  • THE DEVIL'S LAIR
    Programme Muhr Asia Africa Documentary
    Genre
    Directed by Riaan Hendricks _____ Riaan Hendricks has produced, directed and edited over 20 films with his work being celebrated for constantly pushing the boundaries of observational cinema. His first documentary, A FISHERMAN’S TALE received the Jury Special Mention for Documentary at the Apollo International Film Festival. His most recent film, THE LAST VOYAGE won the 2011 Silver Dhow at the Zanzibar International Film Festival.

    The film is set in a world where conflicting forces struggle to regulate the illicit drug market in Cape Town, infamous for one of the highest murder...

  • PLAYTIME
    Programme Muhr Arab Short
    Genre Drama, Family and Fiction
    Directed by Hamad Al-Tourah _____ Hamad Al-Tourah is a Kuwaiti film-maker and writer, who has worked at documentary production houses in New York. His film ALICE IN THE MEANTIME (2010) was in the official selection at the Palm Springs International Shortfest.

    Matthew, 10, lives with his mother in Kuwait. One night, when his mother leaves him alone, Matthew finds company in Dalal, a Kuwaiti girl who lives do...

  • WALLS AND PEOPLE
    DES MURS ET DES HOMMES
    (WALLS AND PEOPLE)
    Programme Muhr Arab Documentary
    Genre Social
    Directed by Dalila Ennadre _____ Dalila Ennadre (born 1966, Morocco) is a self-taught film-maker who has directed several documentary films about women in Morocco. Her films have received awards at festivals across the world. <br />

    Each night, the voice of Casablanca takes us to the door of one of her inhabitants, revealing what binds her to that character. In WALLS AND PEOPLE, t...

  • CULTURE OF APPEARANCES
    CULTURE D'APPARENCES
    (CULTURE OF APPEARANCES)
    Programme Muhr Arab Short
    Genre Family and Fiction
    Directed by Myriam Chetouane _____ Myriam Chetouane has a master's degree in history of cinema. After writing articles and reviews, she now works on scripts for production companies. CULTURE OF APPEARANCES is her first short.

    Dalila is a young woman from Algeria, who lives in the suburbs of Paris. She needs money to help her mother cover the expenses of repatriating the bod...

  • CHALLAT OF TUNIS
    CHALLAT TUNES
    (CHALLAT OF TUNIS)
    Programme Muhr Arab Feature
    Genre Social
    Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania _____ Paris-based Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania has directed ME, MY SISTER AND THE THING (2006/short) and IMAMS GO TO SCHOOL (doc.) screened at DIFF 2010.

    It’s summer 2003 in Tunisia. A man on a moped prowls the streets of Tunis, with a razor blade in hand. Known as Challat, he is on a personal mission:...

  • GIRL & IT
    Programme Muhr Emirati
    Genre Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Fiction and Epic
    Directed by Mohammad Fikree _____ Mohammed Fikree is an Emirati 2D animator, film-maker, graphic designer and music composer. He has recently completed his studies at the SAE Institute Dubai.

    A hunter sets out to capture a horned beast to prove himself worthy of his father. On encountering the beast, he chases it deep into the forest. Durin...

  • THREE
    THALATHA
    (THREE)
    Programme Gulf Voices
    Genre Drama and Horror
    Directed by Nayla Al Khaja _____ Nayla Al Khaja was named Best Emirati Filmmaker at DIFF 2007 and Emirates Woman of the Year in 2005. Her films include: UNVEILING DUBAI (2004), ARABANA (2006), ONCE (2009) and MALAL (2010, Muhr Emirati First Prize at DIFF).

    Khalid is an average nine-year-old boy, who enjoys role playing games with his younger sister, Reem. However as his birthday approaches, Khalid becom...

  • FACTORY GIRL
    FATAT EL MASNAA
    (FACTORY GIRL)
    Programme Muhr Arab Feature
    Genre Drama, Romance and Social
    Directed by Mohamed Khan _____ Mohamed Khan (born 1942, Egypt) became one of the most prominent directors during the 1980s wave of Egyptian realism. His filmography includes the seminal films MISSING PERSON (1984), WIFE OF AN IMPORTANT PERSON (1987), DREAMS OF HIND AND CAMILIA (1988) and SUPERMARKET (1989).

    Hiyam, a young factory worker, lives in a lower-middle-class neighbourhood, along with her co-workers. She is clearly under the spell of Salah, the fa...

  • MY BROTHER
    MIN BROR
    (MY BROTHER)
    Programme Muhr Arab Short
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Ulaano Salim _____ Director Ulaano Salim’s (born 1987, Denmark) parents are originally from Iraq and he uses his personal experiences as inspiration for his films. His shorts include KARIM (2011) and FOREVER YOUNG (2012).

    MY BROTHER is a drama that centres around two friends, who find themselves caught up in a world of crime in Copenhagen. The film is about friendship a...

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