The Dubai International Film Festival has helped introduce four continents to the best of Arab, and Emirati, film-making, according the state news agency.
Dubai festival extends global reach
ABU DHABI // The Dubai International Film Festival has helped introduce four continents to the best of Arab, and Emirati, film-making, according to WAM, the state news agency. Film festivals around the world, including events in Tanzania, India and Italy, included record numbers of films that received their first screenings at DIFF, WAM reported. In the past two months more than 30 films that were screened at the 2008 DIFF from December 11 to 18 have been screened at global festivals.
The selections included the UAE drama Bint Mariam, directed by the Emirati film-maker Saeed Salmeen Al Murry, the Palestinian love story Pomegranates and Myrrh and an Algerian comedy called Masquerades. The award-winning Emirati filmmaker Ali Mostafa saw his film Under the Sun screened in Armenia and Italy. He said the festival's international reach and commitment to regional talent offered a unique and powerful opportunity for Arab film-makers.
Abdulhamid Juma, the chairman of DIFF, called the success unprecedented. "Since its inception, the Dubai International Film Festival has strived to provide a global platform for the best Arab product and talent, and to bring the world a little closer by bridging cultures through the universal language of cinema," he said. "Today, the results of our efforts are evident across the globe, and we are delighted to play a part in achieving these noble goals."