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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 2013

Muhr Emirati & Short


Nouri Bouzid (President)


Nouri Bouzid (born 1945) is a Tunisian film director and screenwriter. He has directed seven films between 1986 and 2006. His film MAN OF ASHES (1986) was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes. Three years later, his film GOLDEN HORSESHOES (1989) was screened in the same section. Bouzid has been featured in a 2009 documentary film about the experience of cinema in different cultures, called CINEMA IS EVERYWHERE.

Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi


Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, president and director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, is a practising artist who works as a visiting lecturer at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. She is chair of the advisory board for the College of Art and Design, University of Sharjah. She also serves on the board of directors for MoMA PS1, New York; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; and Ashkal Alwan, Beirut. Her recent curatorial projects include Drift, an exploration of urban and suburban landscapes (2011), and In Spite of it All (2012).

Kong Rithdee


Kong Rithdee is a documentary film-maker. His films include THE CONVERT (2008); BABY ARABIA (2010) and GADDAFI (2013), which was recently screened at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. He has been awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. Rithdee is also a film critic at The Bangkok Post, Thailand’s leading English-language newspaper and is a published author, writing for international film magazines and journals.

Muhr Arab Feature


Jim Sheridan (President)


A master storyteller, Jim Sheridan (born 1949, Ireland) has directed several critically-acclaimed films that have collectively earned 16 Academy Award nominations and won two awards. Sheridan’s film debut with MY LEFT FOOT (1989) earned him two Oscar nominations for Best Screenplay and Best Director. His filmography includes IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER (1993), THE BOXER (1997), IN AMERICA (2003), GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN’ (2005), BROTHERS (2009) and DREAM HOUSE (2011).

Christophe Leparc


Christophe Leparc is the managing director of the Directors’ Fortnight section, held alongside the Cannes Film Festival. He has worked in the industry since 1990 and has extensive experience within film festivals, notably with the Créteil International Women Film Festival and the Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival. Between 2000 and 2008, he also worked as a programme manager for the International Critics’ Week section of Cannes.

Haifaa Al-Mansour


Haifaa Al-Mansour is a Saudi film-maker. She is best known for providing a platform for the unheard voices of women and is considered to be a significant cinema figure in the Kingdom. She has directed the internationally acclaimed documentary WOMEN WITHOUT SHADOWS (2005) and the award-winning WADJDA, which screened at DIFF in 2012 and won the Best Muhr Arab Feature award. WADJDA is Saudi Arabia’s official selection for the Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film category.

Sanjay Suri


Sanjay Suri is an acclaimed Indian actor and producer. He has starred in 26 films including I AM (2010), FIRAAQ (2008), PINJAR (2003), DAMAN (2001) and FILHAAL (2002). In 2005, he independently produced and starred in the film MY BROTHER NIKHIL (2005). Suri has also made India’s largest crowd-sourced film with 400 coproducers and won the NETPAC Award for Best in Asian Cinema at the 15th International Film Festival of Kerala 2012.

Sinan Antoon


Sinan Antoon (born 1967, Iraq) is a poet, novelist and film-maker. His novel Ya Maryam (2012) was shortlisted for the Arabic Booker Prize. His translations from Arabic include Mahmoud Darwish’s In the Presence of Absence (2011), which won the best translation award in 2012 from the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA). Antoon returned to Iraq in 2003 to coproduce and co-direct ABOUT BAGHDAD (2004), a documentary about the lives of Iraqis in a post- Saddam occupied Iraq. He is also co-founder and co-editor of Jadaliyya and associate professor of Arabic literature at New York University.

Muhr Arab Documentary


Yousry Nasrallah (President)


Yousry Nasrallah is an Egyptian film-maker. He graduated in economics and political science from Cairo University and then began working as a film critic and as an assistant director. He became an assistant to Youssef Chahine, whose company Misr International would go on to produce his films. Nasrallah’s works have dealt with themes including leftist beliefs, Islamic fundamentalism and migration. His filmography includes: THE AQUARIUM (2008), SCHEHERAZADE TELL ME A STORY (2009) and 18 DAYS (2011). His latest film, AFTER THE BATTLE, competed for the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Giselle Khoury


Giselle Khoury (born Lebanon) has studied media and journalism at the Lebanese University in Beirut. She has produced cultural programmes and presented political talk shows on the Lebanese TV channel, LBCI. Currently, she presents and reports on current affairs on Al Arabiya. Khoury has interviewed leading political figures, including Yasser Arafat and Hosni Mubarak.

Rosa Bosch


Rosa Bosch (born Spain) heads B&W Films, an independent London-based production outfit and has produced POLARIS (2011) and THE CHRONOGRAPH (2011) by BAFTA-winning video artist Tal Rosner. She previously served as deputy director of the London Film Festival/National Film Theatre. In 2003, she established the Londonbased HBO Films, where she handled the launch and distribution of titles such as the award-winning ELEPHANT (Palme D’or and Best Director at Cannes 2003). Currently a member of the European Film Academy and BAFTA, Bosch also teaches and works on filmed musical events.

Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature


Shekhar Kapur (President)


Shekhar Kapur is a renowned film director with extensive experience in Bollywood as well as Hollywood. His films include MASOOM (1983), MR. INDIA (1987), the Oscar-nominated ELIZABETH (1998) and its sequel ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE (2007). His film company also produced DILSE (1998), one of the biggest hits in Indian cinema. Kapur was awarded India’s state honour, the Padma Shri, and is an environmental activist, who is also regularly invited to speak at the World Economic Forum. He is currently working on PAANI, which is about the impending water wars in the world.

Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda


Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda (born 1957, Congo) is a writer, poet, screenwriter, director, producer and teacher. He received his training in film in France, UK and the US, making his first documentary DIX MILES ANS DE CINEMA in 1991. He then returned two years later with THOMAS SANKARA (1993). THE DRAUGHTSMEN CLASH (1996) was his first fiction film. Ten years later, he finished JUJU FACTORY (2007), his first long fiction film. His other films include WATT (1999), ARTICLE 15 BIS (2000) and WE TOO WALKED ON THE MOON (2009).

Carole Abboud


Carole Abboud is a Lebanese actress and producer and the founder of the Beirut-based production company, c.cam production. She has featured in FRIHETSLIGAN (1994) by Leyla Assaf-Tengroth and DJINN (2013) by Tobe Hooper. Abboud has also starred in Lebanese director Ghassan Salhab’s TERRA INCOGNITA (2002, Official Selection Cannes), and THE VALLEY (2014). GUARDIANS OF TIME LOST was co-produced by Abboud’s company and is being screened at DIFF 2013

Nigel Andrews


A fellow of Britain’s Royal Society of Arts, Nigel Andrews has been a film critic for the Financial Times since 1973. He has been honoured with the Critic of the Year award twice during the annual British Press Awards. A graduate of Cambridge University, he has also written and worked for the British Film Institute, Sight & Sound magazine and BBC radio. His books include True Myths: The Life and Times of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jaws, a study of the Steven Spielberg film.

Tareq El-Telmissany


Tareq El-Telmissany (born 1950) is one of the renowned cinematographers in the region. He has worked as a director of photography for documentary films and at the National Cinema Centre. El-Telmissany is know for his unique style of using lighting in films, a technique he learned from his time at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Russia.

Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary


Tony Rayns (President)


Tony Rayns is a London-based film-maker, critic and festival programmer with a special interest in east Asian cinema. He has been awarded the Kawakita Prize (2004) and the Foreign Ministry of Japan’s Commendation (2008) for services to Japanese cinema. Rayns has directed the film THE JANG SUN-WOO VARIATIONS (2001). His writing has appeared in Sight & Sound, Film Comment, Cinema Scope, The Guardian and The Independent among other publications; he has also written books on Chinese, Japanese and Korean cinema. As a programmer, he has worked for festivals such as those in Vancouver and London.

Clodualdo Del Mundo Jr


Clodualdo Del Mundo Jr. is a documentary filmmaker. PEPOT ARTISTIA (2005) won Best Picture at the first Cinemalaya Philippines Independent Film Festival. He has also written the screenplays for major Filipino films and is the author of Native Resistance: Philippine Cinema and Colonialism 1898-1941 and Spirituality. His filmography includes FLIGHT OF AN ANGEL (2011) and the documentaries MAID IN SINGAPORE (2004) and LOOKING WITHOUT SEEING (2010).

Luciano Barisone


Luciano Barisone is the director of Visions du Réel in Nyon. The film club host, journalist and film critic has contributed to numerous film festivals, including at Locarno and Venice. He has served as the artistic director at Festival dei Popoli in Florence and founded the Alba Infinity Festival in 2002. He has served as a jury member at several international festivals including Cannes (Caméra d’or, 1997), Paris (Cinéma du Réel, 2009), Toronto (Hot Docs, 2011), Pusan (2012) and Locarno (2013).

FIPRESCI Feature & Short


Mario Abbade (President)


Mario Abbade is a journalist with extensive experience in the media as a reporter, critic, art exhibition manager and a teacher. He has worked at the television network Rede Bandeirantes, Radio Ritma, Pipoca Moderna magazine and the Jornal do Brasil newspaper. Currently, he is the president and curator at the Rio de Janeiro Association of Film Critics and works as an editor of Almanaque Virtual.

Mohsen Waify


Mohsen Waify is an Egyptian film critic and translator. He has served as the chairman of the Egyptian Film Critic Association (EFCA) and a board member of the Cairo Film Festival. Waify has published studies and articles in several Arab publications. His books include Cinema Love – A Study About Director Kais Al Zubaidi and The Cinematic World of Tawfic Saleh. He has also translated into Arabic The Story of French Cinetech and Cinema and Modernism.

Müge Turan


Müge Turan (born 1976, Turkey) has a background in sociology and film. She started off her career as a journalist, working as the editor of magazines such asTime Out Istanbul and Empire. She has also been a coordinator on several international educational projects related to arts and culture, including The One Minutes Organization. Since 2008, she heads the film programmes at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and works as a freelance film critic for a variety of publications as well as a radio DJ.

FIPRESCI Documentary


Bojidar Manov (President)


Bojidar Manov (born 1947, Bulgaria) is a film critic, journalist and dean at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts, Sofia. Manov has served as vice-president of FIPRESCI and as a member of international juries at festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Thessaloniki, Istanbul and Pusan. He has also been a board member of the National Film Board, Bulgaria. His published books include Theory of the Cinema Image (1996), Cinema and Other Temptations (2008) and Evolution of the Screen Image (2012).

Steffen Moestrup


Steffen Moestrup is a film critic for Le Monde diplomatique, DOX and Indiewire. He has written extensively on documentaries and contributed to books about American TV shows and the Oscars and is one of the editors of the online film journal16:9. Moestrup holds a MA degree in media studies and a BA degree in anthropology, film studies and philosophy and he also works as an external lecturer at Aarhus University. He is producer and co-owner at Projekt Beatnik and was creative producer on THE SEDUCED HUMAN (2011) and the upcoming THE SIGNIFICANCE OF FREEDOM (2014).

Wassim Korbi


Wassim Korbi (born 1982) is a writer for the Aljazeera Documentary website and is vicepresident of the Tunisian Association for the Promotion of Film Criticism. He has been a jury member at several festivals, including at Mannheim-Heidelberg (2011), Fribourg (2013) and Morocco (2013). Korbi has collaborated on developing the books: Sacred Significance in the Maghreb Cinema and Image Functions in the Maghreb Cinema.
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