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Feisty Mad Hot Ballroom Screening on Friday Crowns Film Festival’s Free Open-Air Screenings at Media

Wed Dec 14,2005

Dubai, December 14, 2005: Cuban director Marilyn Agrelo’s rollicking pre-teen documentary Mad Hot Ballroom scheduled for 8 pm on Friday, December 16, at the open-air amphitheatre at Dubai Media City will crown the Dubai Film Festival’s ‘Screen on the Green’ program dedicated to bringing family-friendly films to the public for free. The film, which has earned the praise and recommendations of critics around the world, follows the lives of ordinary 11- and 12-year-old public school kids who learn ballroom dancing in preparation for a competition between their schools. The film is equal parts fun and memorable, focusing both on the inward transformation of the pre-teens and their external transformation from clumsy, awkward and self-conscious boys and girls into self-confident masters of dance. Told from their candid, sometimes hilarious perspectives, the film provides fun for all ages. Mad Hot Ballroom is part of the Dubai Film Festival’s cornerstone Operation Cultural Bridge program, dedicated to showcasing films that resound across cultures and connect diverse groups of people. The Friday screening of Mad Hot Ballroom will be the last film to be shown for free at the purpose-built giant screen at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. The 30ft by 70ft screen is accompanied by an array of professional speakers arranged around the audience and comfortable bean bag seating for the first 1,000 people. Concession stands are strategically placed throughout the open-air venue. The second Dubai International Film Festival ends Saturday, December 17, and features 98 films including features, retrospectives and short films. Tickets and an entire schedule of the Festival films are available on the official Dubai Film Festival website www.dubaifilmfest.com, and at Festival box offices around the city. 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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