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    Dubai International Film Festival: Arab Films Panel Hails 'Wadjda,' Laments Obstacles to Arab Film Success in North America

    It was only shot last spring and premiered at Telluride and Venice a few months later, but already Haifaa al-Mansour's "Wadjda" is being hailed as a beacon for successful Middle Eastern filmmaking and a role model for other regional films and filmmakers. It dominated the discussion at New Arab Films...

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    Dubai Festival Day Two: Disappointing 3-D 'Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away,' Must-Sees 'Me and You' and 'Here and There'

    After an unsuitably lavish breakfast, I catch a Mall of the Emirates-bound shuttle by the skin of my teeth and scuttle through the Mall --which looks just like a mall, only bigger, to paraphrase the well-known joke of what the unimpressed woman said to the flasher – arriving at the theater screenin...

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    Dubai International Film Fest Day 1: 'Bekas' & 'Life of Pi' Gala

    The breakfast buffet at the Beachcomber restaurant just past the more impressive of the two impressive swimming pools of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel is overwhelming. My judgment collapses in the face of its multiple offerings -- Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, western. Somehow I find myself consuming excel...

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    ICE ICE Baby! En Route to the 9th Dubai International Film Festival

    It might make sense to try to sleep as much as possible during the 16-hour direct flight from San Francisco to Dubai via Emirates. Especially since one hadn’t slept much the night before, and had dutifully arrived at the check-in counter three hours before departure time, as instructed on one’s e-t...

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    Women to Watch: Halima Ouardiri

    I met the young producer/ writer/ director Halima Ouardiri at TIFF 12 through their mentoring program. Born of a Swiss mother and a Moroccan father in 1977 in Geneva where she spent her childhood and adolescence experiencing various activities such as dressage of horses and close protection of Saudi...

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    Blanchett Heads Dubai Fest Filmmaker Award Jury; Awards $100K to Arabian Peninsula Filmmaker Projects

    Cate Blanchett will head the jury for the IWC Shaffhausen International Filmmaker Award at the Dubai International Film Festival (December 9-16). The shortlist for the award includes four feature-length projects from established or up-and-coming filmmakers in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, ...

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    Dubai Film Market December 9-16, 2012

    The Dubai Film Market is the business centre of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). It is the leading industry platform in the world dedicated to Arab cinema providing unprecedented insights to the region’s trends and access to the Middle East’s leading industry personalities. In 2011, the...

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    Film Society of Lincoln Center and Dubai International Film Festival Team to Highlight Arab Filmmaking

    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.

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    Dubai International Festival Announces Award Winners and "Habibi" is Tops

    After hosting the world premiere of the new "Mission Impossible" movie as well as a wide variety of films from Africa, Asia and the Arab world, the Dubai International Film Festival ended today with a closing ceremony that announced Palestinian film "Habibi Rasak Kharban" by...

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    Dubai Film Festival: A Gilded Event Spotlighting the Good, the Mediocre and the Fundamentalist

    After about 24 hours in Dubai attending the 7th annual Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), I realized that the trip was going to redefine three words, minimum: Surreal, contradiction and ironic. At that was before I'd seen a film.

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