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iW NEWS | Tribeca To Help Launch Film Fest In Qatar

iW NEWS | Tribeca To Help Launch Film Fest In Qatar

Qatar Museums Authority has announced an agreement with the Tribeca Film Festival to launch a new international film festival, Tribeca Film Festival Doha. The film festival will take place November 10 – 14, 2009 and be presented at Doha’s celebrated new Museum of Islamic Art and in cinemas across Doha, Qatar’s capital city. The announcement of the partnership was made at a special ceremony at the new Museum of Islamic Art, which was attended by Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa, Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Chairperson of the Qatar Museums Authority Board of Trustees, and Abdullah Al Najjar, Chief Executive Officer of the Qatar Museums Authority. Joining on behalf of the Tribeca Film Festival were the co-founders, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff. “I invite film enthusiasts from every country to share their passion for this art by visiting the Tribeca Film Festival Doha,” Her Excellency stated. “In today’s increasingly globalized world, creative initiatives like this Festival can play a truly inspirational role by bringing cultures closer together.” Tribeca Film Festival Doha will be modeled after the annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, which is going into its eighth year. The program will include approximately 40 films, as well as special events. “We hope that film will not only be used as a form of entertainment at Tribeca Film Festival Doha but play a role in bridging cultures closer together,” said deNiro in a statement. “By learning each other’s stories, we can see how much we share in common as well as explore and better understand our differences.” [Peter Knegt]

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