Mon Dec 17,2007

Children’s Film and Activity Celebrate
Diversity at DIFF

Dubai, December 13, 2007: The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will hold a unique children’s activity this Saturday, December 15 at Cinestar Mall of the Emirates, Theatre 7 that furthers the festival’s aim to bridge cultures through the language of cinema. There will be a screening of the beautiful film The Peace Tree, followed by a group activity when children will be invited to make their own Peace Tree, hung with symbols of diverse faiths from around the world.

The Peace Tree shares the voices of the children who try to enlighten their parents to the importance of sharing and celebrating diversity together. Shazia, a 7-year-old Muslim girl and Kylie, her Christian friend, dream of celebrating each others’ festivals, Christmas and Eid. But when they share their dreams, they are met with resistance from their parents. Through their struggles, they create a unique symbol: the Peace Tree.

Educator and filmmaker Mitra Sen explained that the Peace Tree idea came from an origami crane that she began to make with her father at his bedside as he lay dying: “He was never able to finish his crane, but he left it in my hands and this was his message to me. The origami paper crane is a symbol of peace and hope and my father had always dreamt of a day when we would have peace in our world.”

Sen had already begun to make the film, but the idea of a tree hung with the symbols of all the faiths of the world became her central motif. The idea has caught on: in 2006, the mayor of Toronto, Canada, proclaimed June 1st as Peace Tree Day. Children in schools in Canada, America, the Bahamas, England, Ireland, India, Pakistan and Australia have all created Peace Trees of their own


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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For further information, please contact:
Majid Wasi
Senior Account Manager
Tel:  +9714 361 3333
Fax: +9714 368 8001

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