DIFF | Juries | 2014
MUHR EMIRATI & SHORT
Mohammed RoudaMohammed Rouda (born in Beirut, Lebanon) is a well-known personality in Arab film culture. Since his first foray into film criticism as a teenager, Mohammed has worked in various roles within the Arab film industry over the last 40 years. He has written for several leading Arabic and non-Arabic publications and he is currently the senior editor/critic of "Asharq AlAwsat" newspaper. A prolific writer, he is also the author and publisher of "The Book of Cinema", an annual review of Arab and international films and has authored numerous books on film throughout his career. He wrote the original screenplay for the first Saudi feature films SHADOWS OF SILENCE (2006) and WHAT'S UP (2006) and he has worked as a script doctor on many films. In the 1990s, he produced and presented MBC's "The World is Cinema".
Mohammed is a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (which gives out the Golden Globes), FIPRESCI and The London Film Circle.
Lee DanielsLee Daniels is an Academy Award nominated filmmaker, best known for his Academy Award winning film PRECIOUS (2009). Most recently he released the critically acclaimed box office smash LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER. Lee’s production company, Lee Daniels Entertainment, made its feature film debut with MONSTER'S BALL (2001), making him the sole African-American producer of an Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated film. His other film credits include THE WOODSMAN (2004) and THE PAPERBOY (2012). Lee is currently working on “Empire” for FOX, which he wrote, and will produce and direct.