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‘Rhythm and Reels’ Hits The Right Note at DIFF 2009

Sat Nov 28,2009

The Dubai International Film Festival 2009 ‘Rhythm and Reels’ open air screenings, sponsored by Dubai Pearl, are sure to hit the right note with film and music lovers.

The third hosting of the popular audio-visual cultural combination presents 6 films at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre this year, including 5 documentaries and one feature film.

DIFF’s Artistic Director Masoud Amralla Al Ali said: “The Rhythm and Reels screenings are lively occasions that bring together the audience in a lively interplay of both films and music. This is another of DIFF’s pioneering initiatives aimed at bringing together communities through the medium of entertainment, cutting across genres.”

“In true spirit to the Rhythm and Reels concept, the films selected this year are built on the undercurrent of music,” he added.

Emmet Malloy’s documentary The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights follows Detroit duo Jack and Meg White as they set out to play every province in Canada, thrashing their distinctive tones in various locations, ranging from town halls to busking for a group of elderly Inuits.

The energy and passion surrounding the band Dr Feelgood, which contributed to the British rock music revolution in the 1970s, is the focus for Oil City Confidential, directed by Julien Temple. The film is shot against the backdrop of the band’s harsh environs of East London’s Canvey Island and blends electrifying archive footage with contemporary interviews from surviving members. Staying in the UK, Woodstock, directed by Michael Wadleigh, is a lavishly restored and extended version of the award-winning rock-umentary, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the legendary festival.

One of two Feature films, Made In Hungaria, directed by Gergely Fonyo, rewinds to Communist Hungary in the mid 1960s, when Miki Feny’s parents decide to return from the US to the Eastern European country when everyone else is fleeing to the West. The new life for the young rock’n’roller was always going to be tough, and when the authorities see the effect Miki’s music has on teenage girls, they won’t stand for it.

In Checkpoint Rock: Songs From Palestine, director Fermin Muguruza provides a novel take on Palestine, seen through the eyes and ears of its best-known musicians, such as Habib Al Deek and Muthana Sha’baan, rappers DAM and Safaa Arapiyat, the celebrated Le Trio Joubran and soul singer Amal Murkus. The screening will be followed by a live jam, featuring the director and some of the key artistes from the film.

Rounding off the documentaries is The Blue Generation by the trio of directors, Garin Nugroho, John De Rantau and Dosy Omar, in which animation, dance, political activism and rock’n'roll collide in this unique exploration of Indonesia’s politics through the lives of Slank, a seminal rock band.

Rhythm and Reels celebrates the mutually enriching relationship between film and music – where it’s not uncommon for audiences to be watching, clapping and dancing.

Now in its sixth year, DIFF 2009 is held in association with Dubai Studio City and will be held from December 9 to 16. 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 www.dubaifilmfest.com

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