Hard-hitting tales inspired from real life are focus of Indian and South African showcase at DIFF

Tue Dec 14,2010

Director Khalo Matabane’s ‘State of Violence,’ is a hard-hitting drama set in the violent underbelly of modern South Africa. A rising star of the black business elite, Bobedi returns home after an evening celebrating his promotion to CEO of a large mining company, to find an intruder in his house. There is a struggle - and Bobedi’s wife is murdered in front of him. When, frustrated by the police investigation, he decides to take justice into his own hands, we learn about his own past, and discover a chilling secret at the heart of the affair. Taut, suspenseful and imbued with trenchant observations about contemporary society in post-Apartheid South Africa, ‘State Of Violence’ resonates with suspense, intrigue and powerful social comment. The film will be screened today (Wednesday, Dec. 15) 7pm at Cinestar 1, the Mall of the Emirates; and on Dec. 18, 10.30 pm at Cinestar 7.

An exhilarating and politically powerful road movie by Ebrahim Saeedi, ‘Mandoo’ tells the poignant tale of a family ripped apart by conflict. As a small Kurdish girl, Sheelan emigrated with her parents to Sweden, leaving behind her extended family and the turmoil of life in Saddam-era Iraq. It’s now 20 years later and Sheelan is a successful young doctor, thriving in Sweden. But she yearns to reconnect with her family roots but shortly after she arrives in Iraq and finds her family, Sheelan’s uncle suffers a stroke. Faced with a family in turmoil and with emotions running high, Sheelan prepares to embark on a hazardous trip as the family set out to fulfil the old man’s dying wish to return to his childhood homeland of Iranian Kurdistan. The film will be screened today (Dec.15), 10.15 pm; and on Dec. 16, 2.30 pm at Cinestar 12.

From India is a fresh, invigorating slice of contemporary storytelling, ‘Noise’ which exudes the energy, chaos and sheer noise of its featured city, Mumbai. In this darkly comic drama by Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru, we plunge into the heart of Mumbai during a festival, rendering the city into a state of overdrive. Into this teeming mass of humanity, the film focuses on three distinct stories. The film screens today (Dec. 15), 6.30 pm at Cinestar 2 and on Dec. 18, 12.15 pm at Cinestar 1.

DIFF 2010 box office locations are: CineStar Mall of the Emirates, the Madinat Souk, The Walk at JBR, and at the CNN Building in Dubai Media City. Tickets can also be purchased through DIFF’s Dial-a-Ticket service at (04) 391 3378 and from the website,

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 event is supported by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority.

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