Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jim Sheridan announces Dublin Arabic Film Festival programme at the Irish Film Institute this November.
Festival President and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jim Sheridan and Festival Director Zhara Moufid’s third Dublin Arabic Film Festival (DAFF) will open on Friday, November 11th at the Irish Film Institute (IFI), in Dublin’s Temple Bar. The festival, which has been developed in partnership with the IFI, is proudly presented by Dubai Duty Free, and runs until the 13th November.
This year’s festival features five films which will be shown at the IFI and include opening film Clash, After Spring, Hedi, Sand Storm, and As I Open My Eyes.
Commenting on this year’s programme, Jim Sheridan, said, “We are delighted to be working once again with our partner venue, the Irish Film Institute, and presenting sponsor, Dubai Duty Free, in order to bring the Dublin Arabic Film Festival (DAFF) to Dublin once again. DAFF allows Irish audiences a wonderful opportunity to experience a flavour of Arabic life and culture through the medium of film. Last year’s festival boasted sell out screenings at the IFI and we hope that DAFF goes some way to meeting the clear demand that exists for the cinema of the Arabic world.”
The festival opens with a special screening of Mohamed Diab’s Clash, the opening film at this year’s Un Certain Regard strand at the Cannes Film Festival. Set in Egypt in 2013 amid the toppling of President Morsi and the ensuing political instability, a group of rioters are rounded up and bundled into the back of a police van. All the film’s scenes take place here where warring parties of all factions have been thrown together. Diab brings real cinematic flair to the claustrophobic scenario and skilfully portrays multiple characters and their motivations in a lucid and empathetic manner.
Ross Keane, the Director of the IFI, said, “We’re delighted to be partnering once again this year with the Dublin Arabic Film Festival after last year’s hugely popular event. This partnership highlights the IFI’s commitment to continue to deliver diverse film programmes from all around the world and we are pleased to co-present another rich programme this year.”
Colm McLoughlin, the Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Presenting Sponsor, Dubai Duty Free said, “Dubai Duty Free has been involved with the Arts for many years. Through our sponsorship of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), we have seen that film is a great medium that crosses cultural divides and creates greater understanding of different people’s beliefs everyday lives. Congratulations to Jim Sheridan and Zhara Moufid for bringing the DAFF to Dublin for the third time. We are delighted to support the festival once again and look forward to being entertained.”
Speaking about the films that will be shown at the festival, Jim Sheridan added, “As this year’s programme came into focus, certain commonalities and themes began to assert themselves, particularly the conflict between traditional and modern values in Arabic countries, as evidenced in both Hedi and As I Open My Eyes.”
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