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  • THIS IS MY NIGHT
    HATHIHEY LAYLATI
    (THIS IS MY NIGHT)
    Programme Gulf Voices
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Alaa Shaker _____ Alaa Shaker is an Iraqi actress, who graduated from the Baghdad Fine Arts Institute. She has won several awards for her work in film, theatre and TV. THIS IS MY NIGHT is her debut as a director and writer.<br />

    Dreams are destroyed during a war. Young Laila stands up against society and Essam, who is driven by lust and false beliefs. THIS IS MY NIGHT is the t...

  • ANT STORY
    PIPRA BIDYA
    (ANT STORY)
    Programme Muhr Asia Africa Feature
    Genre Comedy and Drama
    Directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki _____ Mostofa Sarwar Farooki is a contemporary Bangladeshi film director and screenwriter and the pioneer of an avant-garde filmmakers’ movement called "chabial". His award-winning THIRD PERSON SINGULAR (2009, Best Director Award at Dhaka International Film Festival) was a festival hit, premiering at Busan before moving on to Rotterdam and 15 international festivals. Farooki’s film TELEVISION screened at DIFF 2012.

    Every day on the way back to his suburban home, Mithu, a struggling young graduate, looks towards the dazzling city of Dhaka. As he feels he has no ch...

  • THE DAY IS GONE
    RUJ CU
    (THE DAY IS GONE)
    Programme Gulf Voices
    Genre Social
    Directed by Rizgar Husen _____ Rizgar Husen's (born 1979) films include BEADS and BICYCLE (Best Short and Best Script awards at GFF 2012). He has attended film courses in the Netherlands and in Sulleymania.

    Nasrin, a refugee from Syria, fled to Iraq after the Syrian war. In Iraq, she begins working as a housemaid, taking Frahad’s position. Angry that he l...

  • IN CONVERSATION WITH MARTIN SHEEN
    Programme In Conversation with
    Genre Biography
    Directed by Not Available / غير موجود _____

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  • STABLE UNSTABLE
    TALE3 NEZEL
    (STABLE UNSTABLE)
    Programme Muhr Arab Feature
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Mahmoud Hojeij _____ Mahmoud Hojeij is an award-winning film-maker and his shorts have screened worldwide. He has a PhD in media and communication from the European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Hojeij has edited three books on photography, taught at several universities in Lebanon and published a number of articles on media. STABLE UNSTABLE is his first feature film.

    December 31. Beirut. Seven individuals are on their way to visit their psychologist, clinging to the hope that they can make sense of the past year. S...

  • IN CONVERSATION WITH PRIYANKA & RANVEER OF GUNDAY
    Programme In Conversation with
    Genre Biography
    Directed by Not Available / غير موجود _____

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  • ON MY WAY
    ELLE S'EN VA
    (ON MY WAY)
    Programme Cinema of the World
    Genre Drama and Comedy
    Directed by Emmanuelle Bercot _____ Emmanuelle Bercot (born 1967, France) trained and worked as a dancer before taking acting classes and working in theatre. She has starred in films by directors such as Claude Miller, Claude Lelouch and Bertrand Tavernier. Her feature debut CLÉMENT (2001) won the Best Newcomer Award at Cannes.<br />

    Bettie (Catherine Deneuve) is an aging ex-beauty queen, jilted by her lover. Dealing with the financial difficulties of running her family restaurant ...

  • HALF OF A YELLOW SUN
    Programme Cinema of Asia Africa
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Biyi Bandele _____ Biyi Bandele has had a distinguished career, writing and directing plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, and writing screenplays for the BBC and British and international film productions. He has written and directed a psychological thriller THE KISS (2009/short). His work in TV includes writing (((Not Even God is Wise Enough, directed by Danny Boyle for BBC2 in 1994. HALF OF A YELLOW SUN is his first feature film.

    Based on the acclaimed, eponymous novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, HALF OF A YELLOW SUN is a sweeping romantic drama about the glamo...

  • THE SELFISH GIANT
    Programme Cinema of the World
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Clio Barnard _____ Clio Barnard (born 1965, USA) has been inspired by the documentary styles of Errol Morris and Jean Rouch, resulting in her unusual technique of blurring the line between fiction and documentary. Her acclaimed film THE ARBOR (2010) has won several awards, including Best New Documentary Filmmaker at the Tribeca Film Festival and Best Newcomer and Sutherland Awards at the London Film Festival. She was also nominated for the BAFTA Outstanding Debut Award in February 2011.

    THE SELFISH GIANT is a contemporary take on Oscar Widle’s fable. Fourteen-year-old Arbor and his best friend Swifty are excluded from school and are o...

  • THE LUNCHBOX
    DABBA
    (THE LUNCHBOX)
    Programme Muhr Asia Africa Feature
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Ritesh Batra _____ THE LUNCHBOX is Ritesh Batra’s debut feature. Shot on location in Mumbai, it had its world premiere at the Critics Week at Cannes 2013. Batra’s recent Arabic-language short CAFÉ REGULAR, CAIRO, screened at over 40 international film festivals and won 12 awards including the International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI) at Oberhausen, and Special Jury Mentions at Tribeca and Chicago. He is currently working on his next film PHOTOGRAPH and a collection of short stories. <br />

    Ila, a housewife, tries to add some spice to her marriage – this time through her cooking. However, the special lunchbox she packs for her husband is ...

  • GRANDMOTHER FARM
    MAZRAET YADDO
    (GRANDMOTHER FARM)
    Programme Gulf Voices
    Genre Comedy, Horror and Mystery
    Directed by Ahmed Zain _____ Ahmed Zain is an award-winning Emirati film-maker. His films include the shorts HEARTLESS, WHITE PAPER, NOOR, FATHER’S GRANT and the documentary FORESIGHT.

    Yasser and his friends decide to spend the weekend at his grandmother’s beautiful farm, located in the middle of the desert. Strange events will unfol...

  • SHEPHERDESSES
    ADHIJIR
    (SHEPHERDESSES)
    Programme Arabian Nights
    Genre Documentary
    Directed by Amina Souleiman _____ Amina Souleiman (born Djibouti) has founded several NGOs in the UK and Somalia, including the Women’s Integrated Network (WIN). She has written Chaos Café, a novel about the experiences of child combat in Somalia. SHEPHERDESSES is her first film. <br />

    Alifa, 12, lives in Somaliland and was raised by her aunt Sahra, who taught her how to be a shepherdess. As is the custom in her community, Alifa is b...

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