Journeys through political and personal mindscapes at DIFF

Mon Dec 14,2009

Cinematic journeys through political or challenging personal mindscapes are highlighted at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) 2009. These compelling tales from various countries are all rich with the emotional undertone of people in transition.

Nashen Moodely, Director – AsiaAfrica said films have evolved tremendously in their outlook and approach towards human relationships. Instead of melodrama, there is an increasing tendency for reality. Today, filmmakers have the courage to experiment, and that is highlighted in the films shown at DIFF.

Gina Kim takes a trip down memory lane in Faces of Seoul (Dec. 16, 1pm at Cinestar 8) providing a nostalgic tour of her childhood set against a vibrant, present-day metropolis. Musical overtones are provided in the Indian entry, The Other Song (Dec. 15, 6.30pm, Cinestar 10), in which director Saba Dewan presents a journey through Varanasi, tracing the half-forgotten world of a glorious tradition of singing.

A musical comedy from Kazakhstan, My Dear Children (Dec. 16, 1pm, Cinestar 11) focuses on the relationship between a mother and her five different grown-up children, and particularly Eldon, the youngest. When Eldon announces he has met the love of his life, his mother embarks on a tour of her four other children’s homes in search of money for the wedding. The film is directed by Zhanna Issabayeva.

Now in its sixth year, DIFF 2009 is held in association with Dubai Studio City. Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Pearl, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah are the principal sponsors of DIFF and the event is supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture). For more information on the festival, please visit

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