x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

DIFF announces Gulf Voices programme

Best new Khaleeji cinema to be showcased at DIFF.

A scene from Alaa Shaker’s This is My Night. Courtesy DIFF
A scene from Alaa Shaker’s This is My Night. Courtesy DIFF

The Dubai International Film Festival’s (DIFF) Gulf Voices segment features eight movies from filmmakers all over the GCC, including a few whose work have been shown in previous editions of the festival or at the Gulf Film Festival.

The Emirati Nayla Al Khaja’s Three delves into the relationship between the nine-year-old Khalid and his sister Reem; the prolific Kuwaiti filmmaker Faisal Al-Duwaisan’s A Dream follows a man haunted by a recurring dream in which his wife appears with a strange man; the German-Iraqi director Furat Al Jamil brings Baghdad Night, about a taxi driver who picks up a mysterious woman at a street corner.

Cholo, by the Omani director Muzna Almusafer, depicts what happens when the dark-skinned, 11-year-old Cholo meets his fair-skinned brother Abdullah for the first time.

Eye and Mermaid, by the Saudi director Shahad Ameen, is a mysterious, fairy tale about deadly secrets; Grandmother’s Farm, the first feature film directed by the Emirati Ahmed Zain, depicts strange events that unfold when Yasser and his friends decide to spend the weekend at his grandmother’s farm, located in the middle of the desert. The Iraqi writer and director Rizgar Husen brings The Day is Gone, which follows Nasrin, a Syrian refugee who flees to Iraq after the Syrian war. Alaa Shaker’s This is My Night is the true story of a young girl who stands up against society. – The National staff

• For schedules and ticket information, visit www.dubaifilmfest.com. DIFF runs from Friday to December 14.

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