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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.

Juries 2017

Muhr Emirati

Magdi Ahmed Ali (President)

Egyptian filmmaker Magdi Ahmed Ali began his career during Egyptian cinema’s “Wave of Realism” in the 1980s. He made 13 documentaries and also worked as an assistant director with legends such as Youssef Chahine and Mohamed Khan. Ali’s debut feature LIFE, MY PASSION (1996) won Best Film in the Cairo Film Festival, and awards at Montreal and Beirut. He followed up his first success with THE HERO (1998), GIRLS’ SECRETS (2001), FAWZEYA’S RECIPE and THE NILE BIRDS (2009, DIFF). His latest film MAWLANA (2016) premiered at DIFF.

Fareed Ramadan

Bahraini author/screenwriter/producer Fareed Ramadan is co-founder and CEO of Nooran Pictures. He wrote and published short stories, plays and novels and some of the most important Bahraini feature films, such as VISITOR (2004), A BAHRAINI TALE (2006) and THE SLEEPING TREE (2014). A highly sought-after scriptwriter, he has worked with directors from Iraq, Bahrain and the UAE. Ramadan has won several prizes for his short films and feature films.

Hani Al Shaibani

Hani Al Shaibani (b. 1974) is an Emirati filmmaker. He has an MA in Visual Media Arts, TV and Cinema, from Griffith University, Australia. He has directed and produced numerous films and received several awards. His most recent film WAITING LIST (2016).

Muhr Short & Gulf Short

Gilles Marchand (President)

Gilles Marchand’s first opuses were presented at Cannes. WHO KILLED BAMBI? (2003) was nominated for a César for Best Feature Debut and BLACK HEAVEN (2010) premiered in Un Certain Regard. As a screenwriter, Marchand is a two-time César nominee for HUMAN RESOURCES (2010) by Laurent Cantet and WITH A FRIEND LIKE HARRY by Dominik Moll. He was also on the team of writers for BON VOYAGE (2002) by Jean-Paul Rappeneau (2002) and RED LIGHTS (2004) by Cédric Kahn.

Ahd Kamel

Ahd Kamel is an actress and filmmaker from Saudi Arabia. She is best known for her starring role in 2012's BAFTA nominee, WADJDA. She launched her film career in 2005 with a string of internationally successful award-winning short films. LA SAINTETÉ (2013), her second short film, which she directed and acted in, received a Golden Bear nomination at the Berlinale in 2013. She worked as a technical advisor on Peter Berg's THE KINGDOM and received a Cloeween Connection Award for Emerging Arab Filmmaker from the Abu Dhabi Authority of Culture and Heritage as an emerging Arab filmmaker.

Mehdi M. Barsaoui

Born and raised in Tunis, Mehdi Barsaoui is a graduate of the Higher Institute of Multimedia Arts in Tunis and DAMS in Bologna, Italy. He has directed three films: À MA PLACE, BOBBY and WE ARE JUST FINE LIKE THIS. His films have screened at many international film festivals and won multiple awards. Barsaoui is currently developing his first feature film project entitled “A Son”.

Muhr Feature

Martina Gedeck (President)

Martina Gedeck is one of the most influential actresses in Germany. With her lead role in the German Oscar winner LIVES OF OTHERS (2006, DIFF) and as Ulrike Meinhof in THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX (2008), she has not only made an international name for herself but has also interpreted episodes of German history for future generations. She has also appeared in Istvan Szabos’ THE DOOR (2012), Robert de Niro’s THE GOOD SHEPHERD (2006) and Bille August’s NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON (2013) and has won more than 30 German and international awards. Gedeck is a voting member of the European Film Academy.

Raed Andoni

Palestinian director/producer Raed Andoni is the co-founder of two production companies: DAR FILMS in Palestine and LES FILMS DE ZAYNA in Paris. His award-winning first documentary IMPROVISATION (2005) screened in several festivals including at DIFF. His feature-length film, FIX ME (2009, DIFF), screened at Sundance and Cannes and was released in theatres in several countries. His latest film GHOST HUNTING (2017) won the first ever Glashuette Original Documentary Award at the Berlinale.

Ahmad Abdalla

Egyptian editor/director Ahmad Abdalla studied music in Cairo until he shifted his career to film editing in 2003. He directed his first feature film HELIOPOLIS (2009), which was one of the first independent Egyptian films to be released across cinemas in Egypt. He followed on the success of his debut with MICROPHONE (2010, DIFF), which was featured in the 100 Best Arab Films compiled by DIFF in 2013. Abdalla most recent film credits include writing and directing RAGS & TATTERS (2013) and DÉCOR (2014).

Dominique Carbera

Dominique Cabrera (b. Algeria) is a French filmmaker. She graduated from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques (now La Fémis) and made her first documentary in 1991. Between 1981 and 1993, she directed several short films and in 1997, she began working on fiction, often adopting a documentary style with non-professional actors. Her film NADIA ET LES HIPPOPOTAMES (1999) screened in Un Certain Regard at Cannes. A respected juror, Cabrera has served on the juries at the Berlinale, Carthage and Cairo film festivals. She has also taught filmmaking at Harvard University, the Sorbonne and La Fémis.

Sahar Dolatshahi

Sahar Dolatshahi (b. 1979) studied French translation and dramatic literature. Her acting career kicked off in 2002, with work in film, TV and theatre. She has acted in more than 20 plays and performed in “The Devil’s Ship”, which was at the Edinburgh Festival in 2009. In film, she has worked with several prominent Iranian filmmakers including Abbas Kiarostami, Asghar Farhadi, Bahram Beyzayi, Bahman Farmanara, Kamal Tabrizi, Homayou Asadian, Iraj Karimi and Marzieh Bouroumand. She won a Best Supporting Actress award for ICE AGE in the Fajr Festival (2015).
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