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  • WALLS AND PEOPLE
    DES MURS ET DES HOMMES
    (WALLS AND PEOPLE)
    Programme Muhr Arab Documentary
    Genre Social
    Directed by Dalila Ennadre _____ Dalila Ennadre (born 1966, Morocco) is a self-taught film-maker who has directed several documentary films about women in Morocco. Her films have received awards at festivals across the world. <br />

    Each night, the voice of Casablanca takes us to the door of one of her inhabitants, revealing what binds her to that character. In WALLS AND PEOPLE, t...

  • THE DEVIL'S LAIR
    Programme Muhr Asia Africa Documentary
    Genre
    Directed by Riaan Hendricks _____ Riaan Hendricks has produced, directed and edited over 20 films with his work being celebrated for constantly pushing the boundaries of observational cinema. His first documentary, A FISHERMAN’S TALE received the Jury Special Mention for Documentary at the Apollo International Film Festival. His most recent film, THE LAST VOYAGE won the 2011 Silver Dhow at the Zanzibar International Film Festival.

    The film is set in a world where conflicting forces struggle to regulate the illicit drug market in Cape Town, infamous for one of the highest murder...

  • CHILDREN OF GOD
    ATFAL ALLAH
    (CHILDREN OF GOD)
    Programme Muhr Arab Short and Iraqi Legacy: Children of Future
    Genre Drama, Family and Social
    Directed by Ahmed Yassin _____ Ahmed Yassin (born 1986, Iraq) co-wrote the short film MY NAME IS MOHAMMED (2008), which screened at GFF 2009. He has also worked as a production assistant and sound recordist on SON OF BABYLON (2009). He currently works as a documentary film-maker in London.

    A young boy, who is an amputee, bets his prized possessions – a collection of football posters – on the girls’ team winning a battle-of-the-sexes foot...

  • EYE & MERMAID
    HOUREYA WA AIN
    (EYE & MERMAID)
    Programme Gulf Voices
    Genre Drama and Fantasy
    Directed by Shahad Ameen _____ Shahad Ameen (born Saudi Arabia) studied at the Metropolitan Film School in London. Her filmography includes OUR OWN MUSICAL and LEILA’S WINDOW (2011, GFF). She is currently working on the web drama On Wheels.

    When 10-year-old Hanan’s father arrives after a long pearl diving trip, she sneaks into his fisherman’s shack, where she discovers his secret: he capt...

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY
    EID MELAD SAED
    (HAPPY BIRTHDAY)
    Programme Iraqi Legacy: Children of Future
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Mohanad Hayal _____ Mohanad Hayal's (born 1985, Iraq) shorts include: CITY HEART, WRONG, FURAT and SCREENPLAY. HAPPY BIRTHDAY was selected for the Berlin International Film Festival 2013.

    On his fifth birthday, a young boy is taken to visit his father’s grave. Distracted by his toy car, the little boy wanders off and gets lost in the la...

  • SHEPHERDESSES
    ADHIJIR
    (SHEPHERDESSES)
    Programme Arabian Nights
    Genre Documentary
    Directed by Amina Souleiman _____ Amina Souleiman (born Djibouti) has founded several NGOs in the UK and Somalia, including the Women’s Integrated Network (WIN). She has written Chaos Café, a novel about the experiences of child combat in Somalia. SHEPHERDESSES is her first film. <br />

    Alifa, 12, lives in Somaliland and was raised by her aunt Sahra, who taught her how to be a shepherdess. As is the custom in her community, Alifa is b...

  • A DOOMED GENERATION
    WLED AMMAR
    (A DOOMED GENERATION)
    Programme Arabian Nights
    Genre Documentary
    Directed by Nasredine Ben Maati _____ Nasredine Ben Maati has worked as a cameraman and assistant director on films that have taken part in the International Amateur Film Festival of Kelibia. His short film LE VIRAGE was selected for the Cannes Short Film Corner and by the French Cooperation Institute.

    Through the testimonies of five bloggers, jailed a few days before the 14 January Tunisian revolution, A DOOMED GENERATION provides an account of the ...

  • UNFORGIVEN
    YURUSAREZARUMONO
    (UNFORGIVEN)
    Programme Cinema of Asia Africa
    Genre Action, Crime, Drama and Historical
    Directed by Lee Sang-Il _____ Lee Sang-Il (born 1974) is a film director and screenplay writer, whose directorial debut CHONG (2000) won the Grand Prix Prize at the Pia Film Festival in Japan. His filmography includes HULA GIRLS (2006, Best Film at the Japan Academy Awards) and VILLAIN (2010, Best Actress at the Montreal International Film Festival).

    UNFORGIVEN is a stunning Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood's masterpiece. The year is 1880 and the Tokugawa shogunate has just collapsed in Ezo (now H...

  • THE LOST VOICE
    DE VERLOREN STEM
    (THE LOST VOICE)
    Programme Muhr Arab Short
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Bavi Yassin _____ Bavi Yassin has directed shorts and documentaries including SILENT RED and BEHIND THE MOUNTAINS, which won a special mention at the Rio+20 UNESCO film festival. She is now working on her first feature-length documentary ILLUSION.<br /> Attending the Dubai Film Market with a project in the Dubai Film Connection co-production market 9th, 10th, 11th December.

    Salma, a famous Iraqi singer, is forced to leave her native country and ends up in an asylum centre in Belgium. The reality of her situation hits her ...

  • 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, ...

  • MINESH
    Programme Muhr Asia Africa Short
    Genre Drama, Social and Fiction
    Directed by Shalin Sirkar _____ Shalin Sirkar (born 1977, South Africa) is currently working on two features: PAUL and HOME SWEET HOME. MINESH, her directorial debut, was selected for the Orizzonti Competition at Venice.

    Minesh runs away from home after witnessing his parents quarrel. The young boy soon finds himself among street children, who while away time by sniffi...

  • IN BLOOM
    Programme Cinema of the World
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Simon Groß _____ Simon Groß studied film directing in Munich, Germany. After directing several short films, he shot his debut feature FATA MORGANA (2007) in Morocco. He founded his own production companies in Germany and Georgia and served as co-director and producer of IN BLOOM., Nana Ekvtimishvili _____ Nana Ekvtimishvili (born 1978, Georgia) studied screenwriting and dramaturgy at the University of Film and Television, Konrad Wolf in Potsdam. Inspired by her memories of her youth, IN BLOOM is her feature debut and has already garnered an impressive number of festival awards, including the Grand Prix at Almaty’s Eurasia Film Festival.

    Set in the early 1990s, IN BLOOM looks at Tbilisi, the capital of the newly-independent Georgia, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Georgia is e...

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