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Sole entry from Yemen at 4th Gulf Film Festival focuses on impact of corruption on common people

Wed Apr 13,2011

Dubai, UAE; April 13, 2011: The only entry from Yemen at the fourth edition of the Gulf Film Festival, to be held from April 14 to 20 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, highlights the societal angst against pervasive corruption.

Director Khadija Al Salami’s documentary Destructive Beast is a hard-hitting take on how corruption affects the Yemeni people, echoing the sentiments of the youth from the country, which is currently witnessing an unprecedented socio-political crisis.

Competing in the Gulf Competition – Documentary segment of the festival, Destructive Beasts is marking its World Premiere at Gulf Film Festival, and the filmmaker promises several more films to come soon highlighting life in the country.

Providing rarely-seen insights on the impact of corruption on the daily lives of people, the documentary complements the overall trend of young filmmakers in the Arab world narrating their perspectives of the society through the camera.

The fourth Gulf Film Festival, open for free to the public, is screening 153 films from 31 nations including 82 entries from the GCC region. In all, 114 films from the Arabian Peninsula will be screened.  The festival will open on Thursday (April 14) night with the Iraqi documentary film Child of Iraq (Barn Af Irak).

The fourth edition of the Gulf Film Festival will be held at the InterContinental Hotel, Crowne Plaza and Grand Cinemas at Dubai Festival City. The Festival includes a Gulf competition, student competition, out-of-competition segments including children’s cinema, a master class by renowned director Abbas Kiarostami and other special events.

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