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  • THE SELFISH GIANT
    Programme Cinema of the World
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Clio Barnard _____ Clio Barnard (born 1965, USA) has been inspired by the documentary styles of Errol Morris and Jean Rouch, resulting in her unusual technique of blurring the line between fiction and documentary. Her acclaimed film THE ARBOR (2010) has won several awards, including Best New Documentary Filmmaker at the Tribeca Film Festival and Best Newcomer and Sutherland Awards at the London Film Festival. She was also nominated for the BAFTA Outstanding Debut Award in February 2011.

    THE SELFISH GIANT is a contemporary take on Oscar Widle’s fable. Fourteen-year-old Arbor and his best friend Swifty are excluded from school and are o...

  • THE DEEP
    Programme Muhr Arab Short
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Haider Rashid _____ Haider Rashid’s TANGLED UP IN BLUE was released theatrically in the UK and won Second Prize at the 2010 Gulf Film Festival. His film SILENCE: ALL ROADS LEAD TO MUSIC screened at DIFF 2011 while THE DEEP won the Special Jury Prize in the Muhr Arab Short segment at DIFF 2013. <br />

    A young Iraqi man's dream to play football is destroyed as a result of living in a crime-ridden country, where he must struggle to survive....

  • THE BACKYARD
    HALAMAN BELAKANG
    (THE BACKYARD)
    Programme Muhr Asia Africa Short
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Yusuf Radjamuda _____ Yusuf Radjamuda is a self-taught film-maker, who has been involved in the industry since 2006. THE BACKYARD won best short at Festival Film Solo 2013.

    A child plays in the backyard. He is ignorant of anything going on around him......

  • THE MARCHERS
    LA MARCHE
    (THE MARCHERS)
    Programme Arabian Nights
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Nabil Ben Yadir _____ Nabil Ben Yadir is from Molenbeek, a suburb of Brussels in Belgium. A former electrical engineer, his 2005 short film ‘Clown’s Exit’ was selected in over 20 film festivals, worldwide. ‘The Barons’ is his feature debut.

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  • A DREAM
    HULOM
    (A DREAM)
    Programme Gulf Voices
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Faisal Al-Duwaisan _____ Faisal Al-Duwaisan’s (born Kuwait) short film, DETERMINATION, participated at GFF 2008. He has an MFA and has attended workshops by director Mohammed Khan and actor Nour El-Sherif. He runs a photography company, eF-Agency.

    Amer has a dream that recurs every night. In the dream, his wife, Rana, is with a strange man. As Amer struggles to understand the meaning of his drea...

  • KILLING HER IS A TICKET TO PARADISE
    KATLHA TAZKERA LELJANA
    (KILLING HER IS A TICKET TO PARADISE)
    Programme Arabian Nights
    Genre Social
    Directed by Khadija Al-Salami _____ Khadija Al-Salami is the recipient of the Legion d'Honneur, and produces documentaries in France and Yemen. Al-Salami also works as the press and cultural counsellor and as a director at the Embassy of Yemen in Paris.

    When the outspoken Bouchra Al Maqtari writes an article, expressing her disappointment in a broken dream of freedom and democracy, it never occurs to ...

  • TRAIN OF SILENCE
    Programme Muhr Arab Short
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Hisham Al Zouki _____ Hisham Al Zouki (born Syria) studied film studies in Oslo, Norway. His filmography includes : THE DOOR (short, 2000); GHETTO (short, 2002); ETERNALLY ALIENS (doc, 2003); JUST A CITY (doc, 2006); and THE WASH (short, 2007).

    A young, dark-haired man and a young European woman are two strangers, who crash into each other's lives in a short meeting that results in a long jou...

  • HERITAGES
    MIRATH
    (HERITAGES)
    Programme Muhr Arab Documentary
    Genre Documentary
    Directed by Philippe Aractingi _____ Philippe Aractingi (born 1964, Lebanon) has made over 40 international films. After 12 years in France, he returned to Lebanon to make BOSTA (screened at DIFF 2005), the country’s first post-war musical that was a huge success in Lebanon and throughout the Arab world. His film UNDER THE BOMB (2007) screened at DIFF, winning the Gold Muhr (Arab feature segment) and Best Actress awards. Both his films represented Lebanon at the Academy Awards.

    When director Philippe Aractingi is forced to leave his motherland for the third time, the realisation dawns on him: his ancestors have been fleeing w...

  • UNIFIED HOME
    AL BIET MOTAWHED
    (UNIFIED HOME)
    Programme Muhr Emirati
    Genre
    Directed by Mansoor Alyabhouni Al Dhaheri _____ Mansoor Al Dhaheri is an Emirati director and writer, whose films have screened at GFF, the Abu Dubai Film Festival and international festivals including the Los Angeles Film Festival. He has a master's degree in film-making and business administration.

    UNIFIED HOME presents testimonials from residents, who express their love for the UAE. Under the righteous leadership of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Su...

  • CAMPAIGN 2
    SENKYO 2
    (CAMPAIGN 2)
    Programme Muhr Asia Africa Documentary
    Genre Documentary
    Directed by Kazuhiro Sôda _____ Kazuhiro Sôda (born Japan) has directed the short THE FLICKER (1997), which competed for a Silver Lion Award at Venice. His other films include: FREEZING SUNLIGHT (1996); MENTAL (doc./2008, Best Documentary at Pusan and Best Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary at DIFF 2008); PEACE (doc./2010); and THEATRE 1 and THEATRE 2 (doc./2012).

    In response to the Fukushima disaster, Yama-san is running an election campaign with an anti-nuclear message. However, with no funds, it seems unlikel...

  • MAY IN THE SUMMER
    Programme Muhr Arab Feature
    Genre Comedy and Drama
    Directed by Cherien Dabis _____ Cherien Dabis has several award-winning films to her credit, including MAKE A WISH (2006/short, Press Prize and Jury’s Special Mention at Clermont-Ferrand), AMREEKA (2009, FIPRESCI award at Cannes, Muhr Arab Feature Prize at DIFF 2009). She made her acting debut in MAY IN THE SUMMER. A Guggenheim and USA Rockefeller Fellow (2012), Dabis is also the winner of a Humanitas Prize (2009).

    To all appearances, May Brennan has it all – she is intelligent, a successful published author and is set to marry her loving fiancé Ziad. But the cra...

  • TRACKS
    Programme Cinema of the World
    Genre Adventure, Biography and Drama
    Directed by John Curran _____ John Curran’s (born USA) debut feature film PRAISE (1998) won the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Director and the International Critics' Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. His filmography includes WE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE (2004) and THE PAINTED VEIL (2006). Curran is set to direct THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE DAMNED, a Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald biopic, starring Keira Knightley.

    Based on the inspirational story of Robyn Davidson, a young woman who went on a 2,700 km trek across the deserts of western Australia with her four ca...

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