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TXALAPARTIS BRING RHYTHM TO LIFE AT DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Mon Dec 17,2007

Musical Performance To Follow Saturday Screening of ‘Nömadak TX’

Dubai, December 14, 2007: The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced that following the screening of the documentary Nömadak TX on Saturday, December 15 at 20:45 at Cineplex Mall of the Emirates Theatre 8, the film’s two main characters will give the audience a special musical performance.

Nömadak TX is an innovative and inspiring documentary that follows two wandering Basque musicians as they travel the world playing their traditional two-man instrument, the Txalaparta, with indigenous groups from Laapland to India.

Igor Otxoa and Harkaitz Montinez de San Vincente aim to make the Txalaparta a gathering point not only among people, but also between different cultures, a space of dialogue from which beautiful new things arise. Director Raúl de la Fuente traveled with Igor and Harkaitz on their journey throughout the world. He stated: “I realized before long that Txalaparta was a very welcoming instrument. It opened doors.”

The film is part of DIFF’s iconic programming segment, The Cultural Bridge, which aims to facilitate dialogue and intercultural understanding through cinema.

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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.

For any further information and regular updates on DIFF 2007 please log on to www.dubaifilmfest.com

For further information, please contact:

Majid Wasi
Senior Account Manager
Jiwin
Tel:  +9714 361 3333
Fax: +9714 368 8001
Email: majid.wasi@jiwin.ae

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