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Compelling films address war, imprisonment and present-day issues at DIFF 2005

Tue Dec 13,2005

Dubai, December 13, 2005: The impact of war and conflict on women and children, the role of the modern woman in traditional Arab society and other issues of contemporary concern are on the radar at the ongoing 2nd Dubai International Film Festival. The array of compelling films from around the region and the world has piqued the curiosity of Dubai’s film goers as indicated by strong ticket sales. Some of the films that have generated a high degree of interest are those from unexpected viewpoints. Examples include the documentary Women of the Algerian War (Algeriennes), which looks at the Algerian war of independence against France through the memories of three women who fought for the Algerian National Liberation Front; Attention, the short film from Saudi Arabia about the impact of terrorism on children; the haunting British drama Shooting Dogs about the early days of the Rwandan genocide. Memory in detention, a big draw in the Arabian Nights section is about one man’s mission is to help another ex-convict, who suffered amnesia during his long sentence, to find a relative. Argentine film Sisters, explores the silences of a family and a society that lived under fear, complicity and concealment for too long under the military junta. African films such as The Hero, Carmen in Khayelitsha and Forgiveness are award-winning films that demonstrate the coming of age of cinema in the continent. An entire schedule of the Festival films is available on the Dubai Film Festival website www.dubaifilmfest.com. The Festival is presented by Dubai Media City and its Founding Sponsors are Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Properties, Emirates, Etisalat and the Madinat Jumeirah – the Arabian Resort. The Festival’s Gold Sponsors are Bin Hendi Enterprises, National Bank of Dubai, Showtime, The Kanoo Group and The Palm Jumeirah; the Silver Sponsors are Filmworks, Motivate Publishing and Sony. -ENDS- Note to Editors: The second Dubai International Film Festival 2005 (DIFF) opened at 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 11 and will continue until Saturday, December 17, 2005. 98 participating films are now showing at the Festival venues of the Madinat Arena, the Madinat Theatre in Souk Madinat Jumeirah and CineStar Cinemas at the Mall of the Emirates. A series of interactive panel discussions between the public, filmmakers and industry specialists will be held at the Knowledge Village auditorium. Tickets, and an entire schedule of the Festival films and events, are available through the Dubai Film Festival website www.dubaifilmfest.com, or via the DIFF Call Centre on 04-367-6701. The Festival is presented by Dubai Media City and its Founding Sponsors are Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Properties, Emirates, Etisalat and the Madinat Jumeirah – the Arabian Resort. The Festival’s Gold Sponsors are Bin Hendi Enterprises, National Bank of Dubai, Showtime, The Kanoo Group and The Palm Jumeirah; the Silver Sponsors are Filmworks, Motivate Publishing and Sony.

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