Building Cultures, Meeting Minds in Action

Wed Dec 12,2007

Dubai, December 12, 2007: A panel of distinguished guests will gather on December 14 to participate in the Cultural Bridge Panel, a signature event of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), founded on the principles exemplified in the DIFF credo, ‘Bridging Cultures, Meeting Minds.’

The Cultural Bridge Panel, now in its second year, is a forum for the discussion of issues related to cultural understanding and dialogue, and cinema as a tool for world peace.

World-renowned author Paolo Coelho will present the keynote address at the event, and panelists will include actor, producer and activist Danny Glover, recipient of the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award; Writer, Actor and debut director Rayda Jacobs and Al Arabia journalist Gisele Khoury. Cameron Baily, Canadian journalist broadcaster and senior programmer of the Toronto International Film Festival, will moderate the evening.

Abdulhamid Juma, DIFF Chairman, commented: \“The Cultural Bridge panel is an iconic event for DIFF. For the panel’s second edition, we have assembled a rich assortment of guests with very interesting and diverse backgrounds. This meeting of minds will offer DIFF audiences a truly unique festival experience, and we welcome one and all to hear and participate in these important discussions.\”

Last year’s panel was moderated by Riz Khan of Al Jazeera International, director Oliver Stone, writer-director Julia Bacha, filmmaker Maji-da Abdi, Egyptian film legend Mohammed Khan and Ronnie Screwvala, founder and CEO of UTV.


About DIFF:

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) was launched in December 2004 under the theme: Bridging Cultures. Meeting Minds.

DIFF is held under the honorary Chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. DIFF is a not-for-profit cultural event, presented and organised by the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority.

As the previous editions of DIFF have demonstrated, the Festival not only presents cinematic excellence from around the world, but is also an important high-profile platform for aspiring home-grown talent.

\“Bridging Cultures. Meeting Minds,\” has been hailed by all as a unique and relevant theme to promote better understanding and mutual respect between different communities and countries.

Since its inception, DIFF has become an important meeting point for international and regional filmmakers and industry professionals setting the foundation for potential future collaborations.

The past three editions of DIFF have presented more than 250 films, documentaries and shorts from more than 48 countries.


DIFF 2006

In 2006 the festival took place at the magnificent Madinat Jumeirah resort. As a further commitment of DIFF’s endeavours to facilitate greater opportunities for regional Arab talent, the Muhr Awards was launched. Another first for DIFF in 2006 was the setting up of the Industry Office, which was established with a view to exclusively assist the needs of all registered delegates.


DIFF 2007

The fourth edition of the Dubai International Film Festival will take place from December 9-16 and will present the best of Arab and international cinema in the feature film, shorts and documentary formats. Building on the success of last year, DIFF 2007 will also host the Muhr Awards and the Industry Office with new features.

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Majid Wasi

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