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Ten Muhr Emirati Competition Finalists unveiled

Wed Nov 28,2012

Dubai, November 28th, 2012 – With Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) just around the corner, the UAE will see a huge variety of international and regional films however the Emirati submissions reinforce that homegrown talent will be at the forefront during the Festival. Ten films from pioneering Emirati filmmakers, of which six are World Premieres, have been revealed as finalists for the hotly contested Muhr Emirati competition.

DIFF’s Artistic Director Masoud Amralla Al Ali commented: “The Muhr Emirati program celebrates the artistic accomplishments of Emirati filmmakers and provides a platform to showcase UAE film to an international audience. We are delighted to welcome a diverse selection of quality films for our Muhr Emirati competition and hope that the program provides a step towards building dynamic careers for participating Emirati filmmakers and also inspire a new generation of filmmakers across the Nation.”
Artist, published author and 2010 Muhr Emirati nominee Muna Al Ali’s returns to the competition with Durbeen,  an exploration of how our lives are influenced by the way we view the world. In the same vein, the drama Life Spray by Fatma Abdulla Al Nayeh, the Gulf Film Festivals’ Best Emerging Talent winner, follows a young girl as she prepares for the biggest day of her life; her wedding.
Amal Al-Agroobi’s World Premiere of Half Emirati explores the lives of Five Emirati nationals of mixed parentage sharing their experiences and stories about what it is really like to be among those who are born to Emirati parents. We explore what society’s expectations are of them and whether they are really ever accepted into the culture to which they are expected to belong.
In an exploration of complex human connections, Juma Al Sahli will participate in the Muhr Emirati program with his hard-hitting drama The Goat’s Head, which focuses on a woman’s plight to find her voice in a dominant male society.
Filmmaker Mansoor Al Dhaheri is no stranger to the festival circuit having screened earlier work at both regional and international festivals. His latest project Mirage.net, a World Premiere, is a controversial short about a group of men who abuse social networks at the expense of women making a strong case for modern communication as incompatible with society’s traditions. 
Emirati director and writer Ibrahim Al Marzouqi’s presents his World Premiere Mutiny which follows a troubled chef with tremendous psychological and physical challenges who finds himself confronted with some bizarre circumstances. Also a World Premiere the compelling film noir titled The Path from Humaid Al Awadi and Abdulla Aljunaibi about a group of friends who encounter a series of exciting events that are enough to change the course of their lives. 

Award-winning director Waleed Al Shehhi’s returns to a traditional Emirati environment to portray a child’s life burdened by the fear of death in the fragile and touching White Colored Elephant. The child struggles with his own present that might determine his future and leave him with some hope.

The light-hearted We Need To Talk by Maher Al-Khaja, is based on a true story and tells the trials and tribulations that friendships and relationships bring. Further examining the intrinsic dynamic of human nature, is the beautiful story Safi from Ahmed Zain this prominent filmmaker’s latest short represents the closeness of people, illustrating their connections through poignant memories and stand-out issues.
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