By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire May 19, 2012 at 7:33AM
Film Society of Lincoln Center is partnering with the Dubai International Film Festival to create the DIFF Focus program that will concentrate on Arab filmmakers. It'scomprised of 10 features, short-film selections, Q&As and panels and will run August 24-30.
Among the films to be included are Susan Youssef’s love story “Habibi Rasak Kharban,” which gained support from DIFF’s Enjaaz post-production fund and had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and Ali Mostafa’s “City of Life,” which opened the Gulf Film Festival.
“We are delighted to present some of the best films from the Arab region, which we hope will give a flavor of the vibrancy and relevance of Middle Eastern cinema,” said DIFF chairman Abdulhamid Juma. “We look forward to working with the Lincoln Center and hope this will be a long and prosperous partnership.”
The films selected for the Lincoln Center program have been supported through the Dubai Film Market as part of DIFF’s effort to increase production and international co-productions in the region.
The ninth edition of DIFF will be held December 9-16.