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    Programme Gulf Voices
    Genre Family
    Directed by Muzna Almusafer _____ Muzna Almusafer (born 1987, Oman) discovered her passion for films while watching classical Indian films with her grandfather. Her first film, NIQAB, won the Student Short Competition at the Gulf Film Festival in 2010.

    The dark-skinned 11-year-old Cholo meets his fair-skinned brother Abdullah for the first time, when their father Said arrives in Muscat from Zanzibar....

    Programme Cinema for Children
    Genre Comedy and Drama
    Directed by Naima Mohamud _____ Naima Mohamud (born 1987, Somalia) studied film-making at the London Metropolitan University and at USC in Los Angeles. Her short films include 14E (2011) and the upcoming BREAKING THE CYCLE (2013), produced by Ada Solomon (CHILD'S POSE).

    Nine-year-old Fatima overhears her parents talking about divorce. Milla, her best friend, finds out about Fatima’s fears and comes up with a great pla...

    Programme Arabian Nights
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Eric Baudelaire _____ Eric Baudelaire (born 1973, US) is an artist, who works in photography, film, video and installations. His first documentary feature was THE ANABASIS OF MAY AND FUSAKO SHIGENOBU, MASAO ADACHI AND 27 YEARS WITHOUT IMAGES (2011), which premiered at FID Marseille and received the Special Jury Prize at Doclisboa. THE UGLY ONE is his first fiction feature film.

    On a Beirut beach, littered with washed up cans, Lili and Michel meet. Perhaps they know each other from before. As they struggle to piece together th...

    Programme Cinema of the World
    Genre Documentary
    Directed by Gracie Otto _____ Gracie Otto is an accomplished Australian film-maker, director, writer, editor and actress. Her shorts SEAMSTRESS (2010), LA MÊME NUIT (2007), TANGO TROIS (2006) and BROKEN BEAT (2005) have won awards and screened internationally. She has starred in and edited THREE BLIND MICE (2008, Fipresci Prize at the 2008 London Film Festival). Otto has two feature dramas in development – RUE DE TOURNON and GIRLS IN HOTELS.

    THE LAST IMPRESARIO is a biographical documentary on Michael White – the playboy and bon vivant London theatre and film impresario. White, who is now ...

    Programme Gulf Voices
    Genre Comedy, Horror and Mystery
    Directed by Ahmed Zain _____ Ahmed Zain is an award-winning Emirati film-maker. His films include the shorts HEARTLESS, WHITE PAPER, NOOR, FATHER’S GRANT and the documentary FORESIGHT.

    Yasser and his friends decide to spend the weekend at his grandmother’s beautiful farm, located in the middle of the desert. Strange events will unfol...

    Programme Cinema of the World
    Genre Action, Drama and Thriller
    Directed by Kevin MacDonald _____ Kevin MacDonald (born 1962, Scotland) won an Oscar for Best Feature Documentary for ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER (1999), which focused on the Munich Olympics. He has also been awarded a BAFTA for Best British Film for TOUCHING THE VOID (2003), adapted from mountaineer Joe Simpson’s best-selling account of incredible endurance. His filmography includes HUMPHREY JENNINGS (2000), THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND (2006) and MARLEY (2012).

    Kevin MacDonald’s gripping thriller is an adaptation of the eponymous 2004 novel by Meg Rosoff. An American girl, on holiday in the English countrysid...

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    Programme Cinema for Children
    Genre Action, Adventure and Animation
    Directed by Chris Buck _____ Director Chris Buck brought out the 1999 Disney classic TARZAN (with Kevin Lima) as well as the 2007 Oscar-nominated SURF’S UP (with Ash Brannon). His animation credits also include THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989), THE RESCUERS DOWN UNDER (1990) and POCAHONTAS (1995)., Jennifer Lee _____ Director and screenwriter Jennifer Lee is one of the writers of the arcade-hopping comedy adventure, WRECK-IT RALPH (2012). Her screen adaptation of John Steinbeck’s The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights is being produced by Troika Pictures. She has an original screenplay in development with Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way, and her original script LUCID DREAMS was optioned by Wolfgang Peterson's Radiant Productions.

    After TANGLED (2010) and WRECK-IT RALPH (2012), Walt Disney Animation Studios returns with FROZEN, a big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist An...

    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...

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    Programme Gulf Voices
    Genre Social
    Directed by Rizgar Husen _____ Rizgar Husen's (born 1979) films include BEADS and BICYCLE (Best Short and Best Script awards at GFF 2012). He has attended film courses in the Netherlands and in Sulleymania.

    Nasrin, a refugee from Syria, fled to Iraq after the Syrian war. In Iraq, she begins working as a housemaid, taking Frahad’s position. Angry that he l...

    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 ...

    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...

    Programme Cinema of the World
    Genre Adventure and Drama
    Directed by Alexander Payne _____ Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Alexander Payne earned his MFA in film at UCLA. His acclaimed films include: CITIZEN RUTH (1996); ELECTION (1999, Best Screenplay awards from the Writers' Guild of America and the New York Film Critics Circle and Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay) and SIDEWAYS (2004, Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay). Payne's THE DESCENDANTS screened at DIFF 2011.

    From Oscar-winning director Alexander Payne, NEBRASKA is a dramedy that has been shot in black and white, across four American states. The film, which...

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