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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 2013

Martin Sheen


A multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner, Martin Sheen is one of the world's most celebrated and colourful actors.

The Ohio native has appeared in more than 65 feature films, including a star turn as Army Captain Benjamin L. Willard in Francis Ford Coppola’s landmark film APOCALYPSE NOW (1979), which brought Sheen international recognition.

Other notable credits include THE AMAZING-SPIDERMAN (2012);  Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning film  THE DEPARTED (2006); BOBBY (2006); CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (2002);  THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT (1995);  the Academy Award-winning film  GANDHI (1982);  and a Golden Globe nominated breakthrough performance as Timmy Cleary in THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES (1968). Sheen also starred in  the critically-acclaimed 2010 film THE WAY, written and directed by Emilio Estevez.
His portrayal of the liberal Democrat American president Josiah ‘Jed’ Bartlet on Aaron Sorkin’s seminal TV series The West Wing has ensured Sheen’s Bartlet a place in American history, as the greatest president the country never had.

For his work, Sheen has garnered dozens of major awards and honours, including a Tony Award nomination, a National Board of Review Award, 13 Emmy Award nominations, 13 SAG Award nominations and eight Golden Globe Award nominations.

Along with his illustrious acting career, Sheen is also widely recognised as a peace and justice activist.  As such, he has been arrested or cited 68 times for peaceful protest. He is the 2008 recipient of the University of Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious award for American Catholics. Prior recipients include President John F. Kennedy, Clare Booth Luce and Helen Hayes.

Samir Farid


Samir Farid (born 1943, Egypt) is a renowned journalist, film critic and historian. Since 1967, he has been invited to over 200 festivals and seminars in Africa, Asia, USA and Europe. His articles have been published in over 100 Arab, French and English-language publications. In his journalism career, he has been editor-in-chief of the Egyptian weekly journal, El-Cinema Wa El-Finoun and served as a representative for Variety in Cairo. He has also worked as a film critic for the Cairo-based daily, Al-Gomhoreya.

In 2000, Farid received a gold medal at the Cannes Film Festival, an honour shared only by 20 different journalists from around the world. He was also awarded the State Prize in Arts in 2002.

With his extensive background in cinema, he co-founded the National Festival of Short and Documentary films (1970), the National Festival of Feature Films (1971), the Arab Film Critics Union and the Egyptian Film Critics Association (1972). In 2013, he was appointed the president of the Cairo International Film Festival.

He has also been a member of the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique (FIPRESCI) since 1971.
A prolific writer Farid has authored and translated over 60 books since 1966 that have been published in Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Bahrain and the UAE.
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