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Heralded by Variety magazine as one of the world’s “50 unmissable film festivals“, DIFF has cemented its reputation as the ultimate destination to discover films from the Arab world and beyond. The archive gives you access to the films, juries, galleries, press releases and more from the first edition in 2004 through to the current edition.

Lifetime Achievement Awards 2017

The 14th edition of DIFF presented two prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards and one DIFF Honorary Award, recognising these individuals’ incredible contributions to cinema.

Sir Patrick Stewart OBE

In a career that began almost six decades ago, Sir Patrick Stewart made his professional debut in theatre, joining the Royal Shakespeare Company before making his big break on screen in the sci-fi fantasy series series ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ (1987). The series spanned seven years from 1987-1994, during which time Sir Patrick Stewart made the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard his own reprising the role for four epic film adaptations of the series. Sir Patrick has also played Professor Charles Xavier in the epic X-Men franchise since the year 2000, and returned to the role for a final time in 2017 with an outstanding performance in James Mangold’s ‘Logan’, which sees a ninety-something Xavier plagued by a degenerative brain disease. Attributing his exceptional acting skills to an array of sci-fi, comedy, action and family films, Stewart has also put his voice to roles in Ice Age, Ted, Ted 2, Family Guy, American Dad, Chicken Little and The Emoji Movie.

With nominations for the most internationally revered and highly regarded awards in the film industry to date, Sir Patrick Stewart is a three-time Golden Globe nominee, four-time Primetime Emmy nominee, and twelve-time award winner on the global film circuit. Sir Patrick Stewart sets a precedent for acting excellence, and as such was awarded a knighthood in 2010, for his services to drama.

Irrfan Khan

Acclaimed Indian actor Irrfan Khan, a significant figure in Indian film and television since the early 1990s, has racked up an incredible body of work of more than 80 films in India as well as his work in British films and Hollywood.

Khan marked his screen debut in 1988 with the Academy Award- nominated SALAAM BOMBAY! He was quickly noticed for bringing complexity and depth to lead and supporting roles in films such as THE WARRIOR, ROG, BILLU, PAAN SINGH TOMAR and THE LUNCHBOX.


One of the most gifted actors of today, film critics and contemporaries consider him to be one of the finest actors in Indian cinema. Khan is in Anup Singh’s SONG OF SCORPIONS, which is in the DIFF programme.

Wahid Hamed

Wahid Hamed, is one of Egypt’s most acclaimed writers with a career that spans four decades. Hamed has an impressive list of credits to his name.

He is renowned for his diverse work and extensive contribution to Egyptian cinema and television. His breakthrough came in the television series ‘”Dreams of the Fly Boy” (1978), which started his longtime collaboration with distinguished actor Adel Imam.

Iconic work was created when the pair came together, including AL ERHAB WEL KABAB (1992), AL GHOUL (1983) and TOYOUR EL ZALAM (1995). The two also collaborated on THE YACOUBIAN BUILDING (2006), directed by Hamed’s son, Marwan.

With almost 40 films and several television titles to his credit, Hamed has worked with legendary Egyptian directors such as Yousry Nasrallah, Atef El Tayeb and Sherif Arafa, among others.

Hamed also worked on the famed political comedy MA’ALI AL-WAZEER (2002), and has won multiple awards at several festivals, most notably for his films EL LE’EB MAA EL KOBAR (1991), EHKY YA SCHEHERAZADE (2009) and OT W FAR (2015). His last television series were “Al Gama’a” (“The Brotherhood”) (2010) and “Return of Al Gama’a” (2017).
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