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Director of “Autumn” - Aamir Bashir

Dec 18, 2010 - 01:05 PM

Director Aamir Bashir is all too aware about the dangers and challenges of making a film about Kashmir. The disputed territory has triggered wars between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan, and he says, as is so often the case with regions under conflict, the general narrative neglects the stories of the affected people. ‘Few films are made about the people of Kashmir, simply because it’s such a delicate subject. Someone is bound to get offended, but as a filmmaker and as someone from Kashmir, I felt a sense of urgency to bring out the voices and faces of its people,’ says Bashir, the director of ... read more

Young Journalist Award

Dec 18, 2010 - 01:03 PM

The DIFF Young Journalist Award programme came to an end yesterday with the mentors Colin Brown (CNBC Business) and Mike Goodridge (Screen International) announcing Sarah Al Gethami, a Saudi student at Middlesex University in Dubai. Al Gethami, who is a student in the university’s Advertising, PR and Media programme said she did not expect to win. ‘I had a true journalistic experience. I was able to interview a lot of people, which was a first for me. Overall, it was totally gratifying and a memorable event for me,’ she said after the announcement. By Chris Dsouza ... read more

Interview : Around the World

Dec 18, 2010 - 01:01 PM

KATRINA LAUNING and ROAR UTHAUG Magic Silver Katrina Launing and Roar Uthaug say they’re both children at heart and were happy to work on the film ‘Magic Silver’. ‘We have an 8-year-old daughter so we really wanted to make a film that we could watch together with her,’ says Uthaug. ‘We grew up watching the work of Steven Spielberg and it inspires us to make films. This film gave us the opportunity to praise the art of filmmaking and also create something for our daughter and children of her age,’ says Launing. Magic Silver at DIFF Today at 15:00 at MOE 1 JOHN TORRES We Don’t Care About ... read more

DIFF’s post-production support programme announces latest project

Dec 18, 2010 - 01:00 PM

BEN WALTERS talks to the team of ‘Round Trip’ (‘Rehleh’), the latest project to benefit from Enjaaz support Seeing something through to the end can be hard for both romantic couples and filmmakers – something known to the characters at the heart of ‘Round Trip’ (‘Rehleh’) and its makers, writer-director Meyar Al Roumi and producer Jérome Bleitrach. The story follows two young lovers who, frustrated at the lack of privacy in Damascus, embark on an overland voyage to Tehran. But as initial euphoria at their new freedom gives way to the arduous nuances of day-to-day life, the future of their ... read more

Souleymane Cisse

Dec 18, 2010 - 12:59 PM

Cinema has played a huge role in Africa in the past 40 years. So much so, that it can often be difficult to navigate and pinpoint those who have really shaped the history of cinema in the continent. It is in this vein that Malian director Souleymane Cisse will be honoured tomorrow evening as one of the truly defining figures in African film, when he is presented with the DIFF Lifetime Achievement Award. Cisse’s career spans over 50 years; starting out in a projection room in Bamako, screening the arrest of Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba to a Malian audience recently liberated from colonial ... read more

Tron today, awards tomorrow…

Dec 18, 2010 - 12:58 PM

Last year, DIFF’s closing gala was the 3D breakthrough smash ‘Avatar’. A year on, the technology has firmly taken root around the world, and DIFF 2010 is returning to the format for tonight’s Closing Gala at the Madinat Arena, the fantasy adventure ‘Tron: Legacy’. The screening follows yesterday’s Cinema for Children Gala film, ‘The Nutcracker in 3D’. ‘The Festival wants to keep up with the trends in the industry and obviously the trend is to move toward 3D,’ says DIFF’s Director of Festival Development Dan Butkovich. ‘But of course it has to be of the same quality as any ... read more

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