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  • TO SINGAPORE, WITH LOVE
    Programme Muhr Asia Africa Documentary
    Genre Documentary
    Directed by Pin Pin Tan _____ Pin Pin Tan has been nominated for over 20 awards and is co-founder of filmcommunitysg, a community of independent film-makers. Her films, which have largely focused on Singapore, include SINGAPORE GAGA (2005) and INVISIBLE CITY (2007).

    In the 1960s and 1970s, Singaporeans, who were activists, student leaders or Communists were exiled from their country. Fifty years later, despite res...

  • THE DEVIL'S LAIR
    Programme Muhr Asia Africa Documentary
    Genre
    Directed by Riaan Hendricks _____ Riaan Hendricks has produced, directed and edited over 20 films with his work being celebrated for constantly pushing the boundaries of observational cinema. His first documentary, A FISHERMAN’S TALE received the Jury Special Mention for Documentary at the Apollo International Film Festival. His most recent film, THE LAST VOYAGE won the 2011 Silver Dhow at the Zanzibar International Film Festival.

    The film is set in a world where conflicting forces struggle to regulate the illicit drug market in Cape Town, infamous for one of the highest murder...

  • 12 YEARS A SLAVE
    Programme Cinema of the World
    Genre Biography, Drama and Historical
    Directed by Steve McQueen _____ Steve McQueen (born 1969, UK) is one of Britain’s most influential visual artists and he has exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. He won the Turner Prize in 1999 and received an OBE in 2002. HUNGER (2008) was his first feature film, winning a Camera d’Or at Cannes and awards from the Sydney and Toronto film festivals.

    Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom, 12 YEARS A SLAVE is set in pre-Civil War United States. Solomon Northup...

  • SUNSET STATE
    HALET GHOROOB
    (SUNSET STATE)
    Programme Muhr Emirati
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Mustafa Abbas _____ Mustafa Abbas is an Emirati writer and director, whose shorts have been screened at festivals worldwide. Abbas experiments with the neo-noir genre and his latest film SUNSET STATE was made in collaboration with twofour54's Creative Lab.

    SUNSET STATE explores the fantasies, dreams and memories of two men: an American novelist and an Emirati college student. The nostalgic tale reveals t...

  • GABRIELLE
    Programme Cinema of the World
    Genre Drama, Comedy and Romance
    Directed by Louise Archambault _____ Louise Archambault has worked as an assistant director, photographer, advertising director and line producer. Her filmography includes: ATOMIC SAKÉ (1999/short, Jutra Prize for Best Quebec Short in 2000 and Best Film at Delle Donne International Film Festival) and FAMILIA (2005, City TV Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film at Toronto International Film Festival and Claude-Jutra Award for Best First Film at the Genie Awards Gala in Toronto).

    The musically gifted, but developmentally challenged Gabrielle lives in a group home. When she falls in love with a similarly challenged young man in ...

  • BIRDS OF SEPTEMBER
    TOUYOUR AYLOUL
    (BIRDS OF SEPTEMBER)
    Programme Muhr Arab Documentary
    Genre Documentary, Experimental and Creative Documentary
    Directed by Sarah Francis _____ Sarah Francis’s graduation short film, INTERFERENCES, won the students’ film competition at the European Film Festival in 2005. Since 2006, she has been working as a freelance director for several production companies. BIRDS OF SEPTEMBER is her first feature film. She is currently working on a video for Ashkal Alwan Video Works 2014. <br /><br /> Attending the Dubai Film Market as part of the CPH:DOX partnership.<br />

    A glass van roams the streets of Beirut. The van houses a camera that explores the city from behind the glass. Through its journey, it becomes a mobil...

  • MINESH
    Programme Muhr Asia Africa Short
    Genre Drama, Social and Fiction
    Directed by Shalin Sirkar _____ Shalin Sirkar (born 1977, South Africa) is currently working on two features: PAUL and HOME SWEET HOME. MINESH, her directorial debut, was selected for the Orizzonti Competition at Venice.

    Minesh runs away from home after witnessing his parents quarrel. The young boy soon finds himself among street children, who while away time by sniffi...

  • THE LOST VOICE
    DE VERLOREN STEM
    (THE LOST VOICE)
    Programme Muhr Arab Short
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Bavi Yassin _____ Bavi Yassin has directed shorts and documentaries including SILENT RED and BEHIND THE MOUNTAINS, which won a special mention at the Rio+20 UNESCO film festival. She is now working on her first feature-length documentary ILLUSION.<br /> Attending the Dubai Film Market with a project in the Dubai Film Connection co-production market 9th, 10th, 11th December.

    Salma, a famous Iraqi singer, is forced to leave her native country and ends up in an asylum centre in Belgium. The reality of her situation hits her ...

  • CONDOM LEAD
    Programme Muhr Arab Short
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Arab Nasser _____ Arab – real name Mohamed Abu Nasser – hails from Gaza and was born in 1988. In 2010, he received the A.M. Qattan Foundation's prestigious Young Artist of the Year Award. CONDOM LEAD has been nominated for the Palm D'or award at Cannes and was the first Palestinian short to compete at the festival., Tarzan Nasser _____ Tarzan – real name Ahmed Abu Nasser – hails from Gaza and was born in 1988. In 2010, he received the A.M. Qattan Foundation's prestigious Young Artist of the Year Award. CONDOM LEAD has been nominated for the Palm D'or award at Cannes and was the first Palestinian short to compete at the festival.

    Cast Lead, the 22-day long offensive against the Gaza Strip in 2009 was brutal. Amid the deafening noise of ground-rocking explosions, human intimacy ...

  • GRIGRIS
    Programme Muhr Asia Africa Feature
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun _____ Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (born Chad) studied cinema at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français in Paris. His feature film debut was BYE BYE AFRICA (2000). Meanwhile, his film A SCREAMING MAN won the Jury Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and three Muhr awards at DIFF 2010.

    Despite a paralysed leg, 25-year-old Grigris dreams of being a dancer. His dreams are dashed when his uncle falls critically ill. To save him, Grigris...

  • THE BRAIN THAT SINGS
    Programme Muhr Emirati
    Genre
    Directed by Amal Al-Agroobi _____ Amal Al-Agroobi set up the production company ALAGROOBI Films in 2013 after the debut of her first short, social documentary film, HALF EMIRATI, at DIFF 2012. She has been named Best New Director in the UAE by Women in Film and Television.

    THE BRAIN THAT SINGS follows the journey of two autistic boys in the UAE – 19-year-old Mohammed and six-year-old Khalifa – and their progress over thr...

  • 1001 APPLES
    HEZAR-O YEK SIV
    (1001 APPLES)
    Programme Arabian Nights
    Genre
    Directed by Taha Karimi _____ Taha Karimi (born 1976, Iranian Kurdistan) is an award-winning director. He was studying for a master’s in art research, when he was killed in a tragic car accident in Iraqi Kurdistan on 29 May 2013.

    In 1988, the Iraqi Ba’ath party murdered and buried 182,000 Kurds in 350 mass graves. One of very few survivors, Faraj climbed out from amongst the de...

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