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Old 17-Nov-2012
Six films in Dubai International Film Festivalís Gulf Voice

This yearís Gulf Voices segment at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will have four world premieres and one GCC premiere, screening films from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Oman.

The festival, now in its ninth year, gives regional projects a platform in the Gulf Voices segment, which screens films out of competition. Five shorts and one feature film, portraying the changing face of the Gulf region, will be showcased, including Aseel by Khalid Zidjali. His feature film tells the story of the struggles of a 9-year-old tribal boy striving to protect his heritage and village. Iraqi filmmaker Kamiran Betasiís short film, Silhoutte, will have its world premiere.

ďOffering some unique perspectives on the Arab world today, the emotive stories portrayed in the Gulf Voices film category will resonate with DIFF audiences,Ē said Masoud Amralla Al Ali, DIFFís artistic director. ďThe talent and technique used to craft and develop these films is true testament to Also showing are political thriller Factory of Lies, by Saudi Hamzah Jamjoom; Saudi filmmaker Nawaf Al Hoshaniís Just a Picture; 48 Hours, by Iraqi Haider Al Kinani; and Bahraini writer and director Mohammad Rashid Bu Aliís This is London. Bu Ali has also been shortlisted for the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Award, and this film won the Gulf Competition at GFF 2012.

DIFF ďFriends of the FestivalĒ ticket packages are now available, with six tiers on offer, giving patrons receive insider access to the festival; visit dubaifilmfest.com. The festival runs from December 9-16.

Old 18-Nov-2012
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