Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia included in DIFF’s Gulf Voices showcase

Sat Nov 20,2010

The five films included in DIFF 2010’s ‘Gulf Voices’ segment are stories of honour and responsibility, war, comedy, family drama, and romance. Four of the films were chosen from the annual Gulf Film Festival; one is a world premiere.  Additional documentary and short films from the Gulf are included in the Festival’s Muhr Arab competition and its new Muhr Emirati competition focused on UAE talent.

From Bahrain, independent writer and director Mohammed Rashed Bu Ali’s Canary tracks the lives of a man, a woman, and a young girl affected by a single canary. Each of the individuals has their share of loneliness and suffering, and the bird offers their sole relief.

In Leaking (Tasreeb), Omani filmmakers Amjad Abdullah Al Hinai and Khamis Sulyem Ambo-Saidi delve into the mind of a child who seeks solace from daily family problems by playing outside.

Ar Riyadh, a dramatic and thought-provoking piece of cinema from Saudi Arabia, explores the relationship residents develop with their surroundings in an urban environment. Director Talal Ayeel’s earlier work includes documentaries on Ramadan and autism.

From Kuwait, Mustache (Shanab) by veteran DIFF and GFF filmmaker Meqdad Al Kout enlightens audiences about a problem that others may not really pay attention to: the inability to grow a mustache. His fate results in some unforeseen issues.

To Rest in Peace, the sole world premiere in the Gulf Voices segment, is also a Kuwait entry set during the 1990 invasion. Director Fawaz al-Matrouk’s film, inspired by a true story, follows a Kuwaiti man who walks past dead bodies day after day. Stuck between his fear of death, and the respect and dignity for humanity that resides within him, he decides to bury the bodies himself. 

Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Artistic Director of the Dubai International Film Festival said: “As the international home for Arab film, it is our responsibility and a point of pride for us to champion outstanding films from the Gulf. Every one of these films is a compelling narrative, crafted by filmmakers who feel very strongly about their role, their societies and their craft.”

The seventh edition of Dubai International Film Festival 2010 will be held from December 12 to 19. DIFF 2010 is held in association with Dubai Studio City. Dubai Duty Free, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai Pearl, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah, the home of the Dubai International Film Festival, are the principal sponsors of DIFF. The Festival is supported by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority.  Accreditation for DIFF 2010 is now open, and the DIFF box office will open on November 24, 2010.

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