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  • TENDERNESS
    LA TENDRESSE
    (TENDERNESS)
    Programme Cinema of the World
    Genre Comedy
    Directed by Marion Hänsel _____ Marion Hänsel (born 1949, France) set up Man's Films in 1977. Ten years later, she was named Belgian 'Woman of the Year.' She has served as President of the French Community Film Selection Board for four years. Her films include EQUILIBRES, THE BED, DUST and SOUNDS OF SAND.<br /><br />

    A couple, separated for the past 15 years, find themselves together again for the duration of a two-day journey to fetch their son, who has been hospi...

  • THE MULBERRY HOUSE
    BAYT AL TOOT
    (THE MULBERRY HOUSE)
    Programme Muhr Arab Documentary
    Genre Biography, Family and Social
    Directed by Sara Ishaq _____ Sara Ishaq is a Yemeni-Scottish documentary film-maker. Her film, KARAMA HAS NO WALLS (2012/doc.) was nominated for an Oscar in the short documentary segment. THE MULBERRY HOUSE was selected in the official programme of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Ishaq regularly visits the Middle East, especially Palestine, to volunteer as a teacher and document human rights issues through vlogs.

    Sara returns to Yemen after several years. Arriving at the heart of an emerging revolution, she redefines her place in Yemeni society, as well as her ...

  • THIN ARMS
    SHIRNO BAHU
    (THIN ARMS)
    Programme Muhr Asia Africa Short
    Genre Family and Experimental
    Directed by Sandeep Ray _____ Sandeep Ray’s films MIYAH: THE LIFE OF A JAVANESE WOMAN (1999) and A TRIAL IN EAST KALIMANTAN (2000) have been screened at several festivals. His film SOUND OF OLD ROOMS was shown at DIFF 2011.

    An octogenarian woman undergoes treatment for a debilitating medical condition. THIN ARMS is a short, intimate film that lingers on her growing sense ...

  • HASSAN'S WAY
    EL RAYO
    (HASSAN'S WAY)
    Programme Arabian Nights
    Genre Biography, Drama and Social
    Directed by Ernesto De Nova _____ Ernesto De Nova has directed and written the script for the documentary ORGULLO. De Nova has also worked as a cameraman and editor for films PIRATAS Y LIBÉLULAS and EN LA LINEA AZUL – both by director Isabel de Ocampo. He edits TV documentary series for the Spanish Broadcasting Corporation TVE. HASSAN'S WAY is his first feature film. , Francisco Araújo _____ Francisco Araújo directed the documentary MARINEROS EN TIERRA (2004), which screened at over 10 international film festivals. Araújo has also written the documentary series (((The Dare of Garamba for National Geographic. HASSAN'S WAY is his first feature film.

    After 13 years in Spain, Hassan finds himself unemployed and decides to return to his home in Morocco. He invests all his savings in a second-hand tr...

  • UNDER THE STARRY SKY
    DES ETOILES
    (UNDER THE STARRY SKY)
    Programme Muhr Asia Africa Feature
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Dyana Gaye _____ Dyana Gaye (born 1975, France) won the Louis Lumière-Villa Médicis scholarship in 1999 for her script A GIRL FOR SOULEYMANE. Her film DEWENETI (2006) won the Jury Prize at the International Short Film Festival in Clermond-Ferrand, and was one of five films nominated for Best Short Film at the 2008 César awards. In 2009, she directed the musical SAINT-LOUIS BLUES, which won the Muhr AsiaAfrica Best Short Film award at DIFF 2009.

    Across Turin, Dakar, and New York, the destinies of Sophie, Abdoulaye and Thierno cross paths. Sophie, 24, leaves Dakar to join her husband, Abdoulaye...

  • OUR HOME WE CAN NOT WALK TO
    BAYTOUNA ALLATHI LA NAMSHI ILAYHE
    (OUR HOME WE CAN NOT WALK TO)
    Programme Arabian Nights
    Genre Social, War and Documentary
    Directed by Darin Al Baw _____ Darin Al Baw graduated from the American University of Sharjah in finance and management. She has previously directed IDENTITY (2004), which screened at the Emirates Film Competition, Carthage and Tehran film festivals.

    Four sisters, who live in the conservative Palestinian camp of Nahr El Bared in Lebanon, contract a strange illness at the age of 25. The film documen...

  • NESMA'S BIRDS
    TOYOUR NASMA
    (NESMA'S BIRDS)
    Programme Iraqi Legacy: Children of Future
    Genre Drama, Family and Social
    Directed by Najwan Ali _____ Najwan Ali (born 1989, Iraq) has worked as part of Iraqi 35mm short film workshops. She previously directed CRITICAL DAYS and BOOK OF LOVE. <br /> , Meedo Ali _____ Medoo Ali (born 1991) has worked on several films with Iraqi director Mohamed Al-Daradji. He has also directed XXX, screening as part of this section.

    Nesma is an awkward 11-year-old, who has been at odds with the world around her since her mother forced her to get rid of her father’s pigeons, which ...

  • SAVING MR. BANKS
    Programme Cinema of the World
    Genre Biography, Comedy, Drama, Family, Historical and Music
    Directed by John Lee Hancock _____ John Lee Hancock is the acclaimed director behind THE BLIND SIDE (2009, Best Picture Academy Award nomination). He wrote the screenplay for the Clint Eastwood film A PERFECT WORLD (1993) and later adapted John Berendt’s bestseller to make MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL (1997) with Eastwood directing and starring John Cusack and Kevin Spacey. Hancock has also tackled the small screen, where he created, produced and directed episodes of the CBS drama, L.A. Doctors. <br /><br />

    When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie based on their favourite book, P.L. Travers's Mary Poppins, he made them a promise – one that ...

  • 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...

  • HABI, THE FOREIGNER
    HABI, LA EXTRANJERA
    (HABI, THE FOREIGNER)
    Programme Arabian Nights
    Genre Drama
    Directed by María Florencia Álvarez _____ María Florencia Álvarez (born 1977, Argentina) is the director behind award-winning films UPON THE EARTH (2003/short), BLACK DOG (2005, Honorable Mention at the B.A.F.I.C.I.) and GIRL (2010, Best Short Film and Best Actress at the Belo Horizonte festival). HABI, THE FOREIGNER is her first feature-length film.

    Analía, 20, is from a small town in Argentina and travels to Buenos Aires to sell crafts. There, she accidentally attends a Muslim funeral. Fascinated...

  • NAFAF
    Programme Muhr Emirati
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Hamad Al Hammadi _____ Hamad Al Hammadi’s END OF DECEMBER (2011) won Second Prize in the Muhr Emirati segment at DIFF. He also directed ASHES (2007/short), which won Best Student Fiction Film at the Emirates Film Competition.

    Nora wakes up to the sound of rain....

  • PALESTINE STEREO
    FALASTINE STEREO
    (PALESTINE STEREO)
    Programme Muhr Arab Feature
    Genre Drama and Fiction
    Directed by Rashid Masharawi _____ Rashid Masharawi is one of the first film-makers to produce films from inside the Occupied Territories. He also founded the Cinema Production and Distribution Centre (CPC) in Ramallah to educate young Palestinian film-makers. The CPC also organises an annual Kids Film Festival. Mashrwai’s filmography includes HAIFA (1996), the, first Palestinian film to be screened in Cannes and LAILA’S BIRTHDAY (2008), which won nine international awards.

    Two Palestinian brothers – Samy and Milad (aka Stereo) – plan on immigrating to Canada after the Israeli air force bombs their family home. Milad used...

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