UNICEF films on children’s rights screened at Dubai International Film Festival
Wed Dec 7, 2016

Stories of children honoured for UNICEF’s 70th anniversary

AMMAN, 7 December 2016 – On the occasion of UNICEF’s 70th anniversary, a selection of eight short films about children living in crisis will be shown ahead of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) screenings held at the Festival’s “Beach” venue from 7 to 14 December.

Bringing the community together in a celebration of cinema, DIFF’s free public open-air film screenings at “The Beach” provide an unmatched cinematic experience for everyone.

The eight films highlight stories from children around the region including Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey and showcase UNICEF’s work on behalf of children in the Middle East and North Africa.

“We are delighted to partner with the Dubai International Film Festival,” said Juliette Touma, UNICEF Chief of Communications and Partnerships for the Middle East and North Africa. “As the premier hub for filmmaking in the Arab world, the Festival is an unparalleled platform to share the story of crisis-affected children in the region.”

DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma said: “We are honoured to support UNICEF who work towards building a better world for children. Part of the DIFF remit is ‘Bridging Cultures’, and it is wonderful to be able to shine a spotlight on these incredibly worthy causes whilst making a measurable, tangible difference to our global community”

Since the Festival’s inception in 2004, DIFF has rapidly evolved into one of the region’s most prestigious events, recognised as a pillar for Arab cinema. This year, the Festival will once again bridge cultures with a programme that features an outstanding selection of 156 films, crafted in over 44 languages, from 55 countries. The line-up includes 57 world premieres and international premieres, 73 MENA premieres, 12 Middle East premieres and 9 GCC premieres.