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  • HABI, THE FOREIGNER
    HABI, LA EXTRANJERA
    (HABI, THE FOREIGNER)
    Programme Arabian Nights
    Genre Drama
    Directed by María Florencia Álvarez _____ María Florencia Álvarez (born 1977, Argentina) is the director behind award-winning films UPON THE EARTH (2003/short), BLACK DOG (2005, Honorable Mention at the B.A.F.I.C.I.) and GIRL (2010, Best Short Film and Best Actress at the Belo Horizonte festival). HABI, THE FOREIGNER is her first feature-length film.

    Analía, 20, is from a small town in Argentina and travels to Buenos Aires to sell crafts. There, she accidentally attends a Muslim funeral. Fascinated...

  • LADDER TO DAMASCUS
    SOULLAM ILA DIMASHK
    (LADDER TO DAMASCUS)
    Programme Muhr Arab Feature
    Genre Drama and Romance
    Directed by Mohamed Malas _____ Mohamed Malas (born 1945) is a pioneering independent Syrian film-maker. He was raised during several conflicts, which influenced the themes of his works. His award-winning films focus on issues related to personal freedom and oppression. Some of his works include DREAMS OF A CITY (1983), THE NIGHT(1992) and PASSION (2005). <br />

    Ghalia is possessed by Zeina’s spirit. Haunted by the life of a girl, who drowned the day she was born, Ghalia travels to Damascus, where she studies ...

  • SAMAR
    Programme Cinema for Children
    Genre Documentary
    Directed by Mohammad Rahahleh _____ Mohammad Rahahleh is an independent documentary film-maker and an instructor at the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts. He has previously worked as an editor for Jordan TV.

    Samar, 15, is a Bedouin girl who lives with her family in a tent near the Jordan River. Every day, she juggles four-hour long trips to school, domesti...

  • THE BEEKEEPER
    DER IMKER
    (THE BEEKEEPER)
    Programme Arabian Nights
    Genre Biography, Drama, Family and Docudrama
    Directed by Mano Khalil _____ Mano Khalil (born Syria) studied fiction film direction in the former Czechoslovakia, where he worked for the television networks. In 1996, he moved to Switzerland where he worked as a film director and producer and in 2012, he founded his own production company, Frame Film.

    The touching story of a beekeeper who lost everything in the Turk-Kurd war – his wife, children, country and over 500 bee colonies, which were his liv...

  • KAJARYA
    Programme Celebration of Indian Cinema
    Genre Drama and Social
    Directed by Madhureeta Anand _____ Madhureeta Anand (born India) won the Royal Television Society Craft Award for Channel 4’s (((The Greatest Show on Earth – The Kumbh Mela (2001). Several of her films have been broadcast on BBC, Channel 4 and National Geographic. Her filmography includes IN SEARCH OF SALVATION (2001/doc., Excellence in Film Making at Damah Film Festival), WALKING ON A MOONBEAM (2006, Silver Conch at Mumbai International Film Festival) and the full-length feature MERE KHWABON MEIN JO AAYE (2009). Anand is also the festival director of the 0110 Digital Film Festival.

    KAJARYA follows the lives of two characters, who live in two very different Indias. Kajarya lives in a small village in the northern state of Haryana....

  • OF GOOD REPORT
    Programme Cinema of Asia Africa
    Genre Film Noir and Psychodrama
    Directed by Jahmil Qubeka _____ Jahmil Qubeka is a screenwriter and film-maker, who has directed numerous TV programmes, documentaries and feature films over a period of 13 years. His films have screened at festivals in Cannes, Busan, Rotterdam, Dubai and Los Angeles. His filmography includes TALK TO ME (2005, Peabody Award for Best Actuality Programming) and UMALUSI (2009). His debut feature A SMALL TOWN CALLED DESCENT screened at DIFF 2011.

    The introverted high school teacher Parker Sithole is presented to a rural South African school as a man "of good report". Parker is attracted to a m...

  • CAMPAIGN 2
    SENKYO 2
    (CAMPAIGN 2)
    Programme Muhr Asia Africa Documentary
    Genre Documentary
    Directed by Kazuhiro Sôda _____ Kazuhiro Sôda (born Japan) has directed the short THE FLICKER (1997), which competed for a Silver Lion Award at Venice. His other films include: FREEZING SUNLIGHT (1996); MENTAL (doc./2008, Best Documentary at Pusan and Best Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary at DIFF 2008); PEACE (doc./2010); and THEATRE 1 and THEATRE 2 (doc./2012).

    In response to the Fukushima disaster, Yama-san is running an election campaign with an anti-nuclear message. However, with no funds, it seems unlikel...

  • FOR YOUR OWN GOOD
    POUR TON BIEN
    (FOR YOUR OWN GOOD)
    Programme Cinema for Children
    Genre Comedy
    Directed by Ibtissem Guerda _____ Ibtissem Guerda is an established theatre, film and television actress. She is particularly well-known for her portrayal of Aicha in the French soap opera (((Plus Belle La Vie. FOR YOUR OWN GOOD is her first short film.

    Half angel, half demon – Brahim Omri lives life on his terms. In the sixth grade, he skips school, steals and intercepts any accusatory mail going hom...

  • LIPSTICK
    AHMAR SHEFAH
    (LIPSTICK)
    Programme Iraqi Legacy: Children of Future
    Genre Comedy and Drama
    Directed by Luay Fadhil _____ Luay Fadhil (born 1982, Iraq) is an award-winning film-maker whose filmography includes: PASTEL (2010, Second Prize – Documentary competition at GFF), FRAME (2011, Second Prize – Shorts Competition, GFF) and COTTON (2012, Best Director– Shorts Competition, GFF).

    In one of Baghdad’s boys-only high schools, teenage boys fantasise about their teacher in a sex-ed class. Meanwhile, Ali remains oblivious and naïve, ...

  • OUT OF THE FURNACE
    Programme Cinema of the World
    Genre Drama and Thriller
    Directed by Scott Cooper _____ Scott Cooper is a writer, director, producer and actor. His directorial debut, CRAZY HEART (2009), won two Oscars (Best Actor for Jeff Bridges and Best Song for Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett). Cooper is currently adapting two novels for the screen: Stephen King’s masterpiece The Stand and The Road Home by Michael Armour, a drama set during the Great Depression. His acting credits include GET LOW (2010) and the TV mini-series Broken Tail (2006).

    Steel-town America is brought to life in this powerful drama by Scott Cooper (CRAZY HEART). Russell Baze (Christian Bale) has a rough life: he works a...

  • SANDA
    Programme Muhr Asia Africa Documentary
    Genre Documentary
    Directed by Mi-re Kim _____ Mi-re Kim is an award-winning documentary director and producer. Based in Seoul, Mi-re was born on a small farm in Korea’s North Chungcheong province. She is on the steering committee of the Association of Korean Independent Film & Video.

    SANDA chronicles the daily lives of a group of middle-aged workers in Korea Telecom, revealing that sometimes living can be reduced to scraping by – e...

  • AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
    Programme Cinema of the World
    Genre Comedy and Drama
    Directed by John Wells _____ John Wells is a prolific writer, director and producer who has been a creative force behind some of prime time's biggest hit series, including ER, The West Wing, and Third Watch. He has also written and directed the 2010 Ben Affleck-starring film, THE COMPANY MEN. Wells is a seven-time Writers Guild Award (WGA) nominee and the recipient of the WGA's prestigious Paddy Chayefsky Television Laurel Award. He has also served as President of the Writers Guild of America, West from 2009 to 2011.

    AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is based on the eponymous Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts. With an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts...

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