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CHAMP OF THE CAMP’ TO HAVE ITS WORLD PREMIERE AT BURJ PARK’S “SCREEN ON THE GREEN” FREE SCREENINGS

Sat Nov 23,2013

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) announced today that Mahmoud Kaabour’s highly-anticipated film “Champ of the Camp”, the first ever feature-length documentary filmed in the labor camps of the United Arab Emirates, will have its World Premiere at the 10th edition of DIFF.

“Champ of the Camp,” will showcase at ‘Screen on the Green’ a new initiative in partnership with Emaar for the 10th edition hosted at Burj Park, Downtown Dubai the series offers free public screenings to 2000-seat capacity next to the Burj Khalifa.

The film will be introduced by Bollywood star Jaaved Jaffrey and will screen on Saturday, 7th December at 8pm. In addition, it will screen at Vox Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates during the Festival which runs from 6th-14th December, 2013.

Produced by Dubai-based Eva Sayre of the Dubai-based Veritas Films, “Champ of the Camp” follows a massive Bollywood singing and trivia competition that has been running for many years that searches across more than 70 camps throughout the country to find and crown the champ of all camps. 

Narrated (and sung) entirely in the voices of the laborers, the film alternates between the X Factor-style suspense of the competition and the labor environment, while weaving in intimate access scenes of their daily routines as laborers in Dubai.

They find enjoyment and entertainment in the movies and music of Bollywood, performing for each other once a year in this competition on the Bollywood canon. “Champ of the Camp” presents both a tribute and parody to Bollywood by presenting its most famous songs against the backdrop of a life of manual labor.

The film typifies the lives of Asian laborers across the Gulf, painting a portrait of this vast population of men who come to build the dream cities of the Arab world while supporting their societies and economies back home. 

“Screen On The Green” will run from 7th- 14th December, 2013. For the programme and details go to www.diff.ae

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