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DFI Announces Spectacular Family Day Programme for DTFF 2011

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Family blockbusters, exciting red carpets and various creative workshops are just some of the many activities that will keep all ages entertained on Family Day at this year’s Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF). Tailored especially for families and children to celebrate films, local culture and community, Family Day will transform Katara Cultural Village into a buzz of fun filled creative activity from 2pm to midnight on Friday, October 28.   The centrepieces of th...

Short Film Winners Abu Dhabi 2011

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Best Producer Arben Zharku for The Wedding Tape  Short Film Winners! (ADFF PRESS)Jim Poe 20.10.2011 - On Thursday, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival announced the winners of the Black Pearl Awards for its two shorts competitions: the Emirates Film Competition (EFC) and the Short Film Competition. The awards were presented to the filmmakers in a ceremony at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel. The EFC observes its 10th anniversary this year. It was one of the first outlets for filmma...

SEA SHADOW at Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2011

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  UAE native director Nawaf Al-Janahi held the premier to his latest film, SEA SHADOW (2011) at Abu Dhabi Film Festival on Wednesday, 19 October 2011 in the Abu Dhabi Theater.SEA SHADOW is a heart-felt coming-of-age story about 16 year old Mansoor who lives in a small village on the Emirati coast. Mansoor struggles between his bursting feelings of first love in a notably reserve...

ADFF 2011

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October 13, 2011 saw the grand opening of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) 2011. This year the festival ran from October 13-22. Filmmakers and film enthusiasts attended this much talked about and much anticipated (one of my personal favorites) festival in the heart of the UAE.  Check out home page of the festival here: www.abudhabifilmfestival.ae/video-abu-dhabi-2011-time-lapseand watch the TIME LAPSE: 'ABU DHABI 2011'... It's amazing!!!  photos from last year's festival, ADFF 2010,...

SEA SHADOW at Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2011

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  UAE native director Nawaf Al-Janahi will have is premier to his latest film, SEA SHADOW (2011) at Abu Dhabi Film Festival (13 - 22 October 2011)World Premiere: Wednesday, 19 October 2011 (Time: 21:30, Location: Abu Dhabi Theater)Second Screening: Thursday, 20 ...

ABU DHABI FILM FESTIVAL 2011

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Last night, October 13, 2011, saw the grand opening of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) 2011. This year the festival will run from October 13-22. Filmmakers, stars, film professionals, press, politicians, royalty, civilians, even the Sheikh himself will attend this much talked about and much anticipated (one of my personal favorites) festival in the heart of the UAE. Check here for dailies and headlines of the festival.    Check out home page of the festival here: www.a...

Kadi jets off to Cyprus...

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Only just back from Georgia, our Festival Manager Kadi Lokk is jetting off again! This time she is off to Cyrus to check out the International Short Film Festival there. The festival The International Short Film Festival of Cyprus aims to increase and accentuate the prominence of the short film genre. The Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus is funding a substantial number of short films every year and is constantly encouraging and helping young and established filmmakers to produce fil...

Golden Orange Film Festival: Turkey's oldest Film Festival has begun

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48th International Golden Orange Film Festival has started with a magnificent ceremony last night at the Glass Pyramid in Antalya Turkey. Important names from the cinema, art and media world attended to the Red Carpet Ceremony.   At the opening cocktail reception prior to the Opening Gala, a ‘Freedom Corner' was opened for imprisoned or banned Iranian directors Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. The petition letters for their freedom will be posted to the Iranian embassy dur...

Turkey’s oldest and the most acclaimed Film Festival has begun

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48th International Golden Orange Film Festival has started with a magnificent ceremony last night at the Glass Pyramid in Antalya Turkey. Important names from the cinema, art and media world attended to the Red Carpet Ceremony. At the opening cocktail reception prior to the Opening Gala, a ‘Freedom Corner’ was opened for imprisoned or banned Iranian directors Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. The petition letters for their freedom will be posted to the Iranian embassy during the f...

History of Tbilisi vol 1

ÉCU has been learning a lot about the history of Georgia, including how Tbilisi was discovered. Ellen Dumbadze, coordinator of ÉCU in Georgia shares a Georgian legend with us!

In Retrospect... From RIFF 2010 to MIPCOM 2011

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In Retrospect... From RIFF 2010 to MIPCOM 2011... Last year the film at RIFF 2010 which stirred up quite a debate was this documentary, WHEN THE DRAGON SWALLOWED THE SUN (2010), which threatened to destabilize the friendly relationship between China and Iceland (the film is about China's oppressive hold over Tibet). Now one year later the film is being sold at the world's biggest TV market, MIPCOM, at Cannes; October 03-06, 2011.   Interview with director Dirk Simon from ...

Leipzig Festival to focus on Documentary Films from the Arab World

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    The Reality of a Revolution - Documentary Films from the Arab World   In its focus on the Arab world, DOK Leipzig features films from Tunisia and Egypt The upheaval in the Arab world is far from over, yet the 54th DOK Leipzig will be presenting the first documentary films from Tunisia and Egypt. Six films will be shown in the Focus on the Arab Spring which is part of the Official Programme. Most of the films will come to Leipzig straight out of the cutting room....

ÉCU is going to Georgia OFFICIAL FLYER

Check out the official “ÉCU in Georgia” flyer - complete with cool Georgian writing! /// Regardez la circulaire officielle de « ÉCU en Géorgie » surtout regardez l'écriture géorgienne cool! http://www.ecufilmfestival.com/en/ecu-in-georgia/

from Nomad to Nobody

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Director: Michael Buckley.
Storyline: from Nomad to Nobody Motivated by previous travels to Tibet, the narrator sets off on a personal quest, focusing on the fast-disappearing Tibetan nomad culture. Why are the nomads being forcibly relocated by Chinese officials? Why are they are being shifted off their traditional grazing lands into concrete ghettos? In these settlement camps, nomads are marginalised and have little chance of making a decent living, or finding a new profession. Previously, when grazing yaks, they were self-sufficient and lived in an entirely sustainable way. Now, they are unemployed, and dependent on the Chinese government for hand-outs—and for food. Between 1995 and 2015, official Chinese policy has targeted the removal of more than two million Tibetan nomads from their land for settlement. In an era where sustainability is the mantra, Chinese policy makes no sense. This re-settlement policy is designed to wipe out nomad culture and its strong connections to traditional Tibetan values. Nomads are the stewards of the vast grasslands of Tibet—they have been grazing these lands with their yaks for close on 4,000 years. Without the nomads, the grasslands (already affected by climate change) will further deteriorate and turn into desert. This could have global impact, as these grasslands constitute an important carbon sink. What are the motives behind China's forcible settlement of Tibetan nomads on such a huge scale? Why are Chinese mining and dam-building companies moving into the same grassland regions? What happens to nomads after shifting to a semi-urban environment? What happens if they try to mount protests? What does the future hold for the vast grasslands of Tibet? These are questions the documentary sets out to explore, in this personal take on the plight of Tibetan nomads.

DFI’s First International Co-Production to Inaugurate 3rd Annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival

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In an historic moment for Arab film-making and Middle Eastern creative talent, the world premiere of Arabian film epic, Black Gold, will open the Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) 2011. The movie, a unique and authentic insight into the region and one of the biggest cinematic projects ever undertaken in the Arab world, will set the agenda for the internationally-renowned festival. Black Gold, co-produced by DFI and Tarak Ben Ammar’s Quinta Communications, is directed by Jean-Jacques A...

Life in the shore of Death

Director: Razibul Hossain & the Students of Media Studies and Journalism.
Bangladesh has been branded as a disaster prone country around the world. Natural disaster like tornado, cyclone, and flood were the main topic to discuss for Bangladesh. Reminding this scenario, a group of university students along with their teacher starts exploring the coastal belt area of Bangladesh with the concept "Disaster" by their film. They went to experience the most disaster prone communities of Bangladesh - "Mirzagonj" where 90% community people were affected by the Cyclone Aila and "Pathorghata" 100% people affected by the Cyclone Sidr. While on their journey, they meet resilience people who are not only survived nature's fury but also surmounted it. This interaction between students and the community people creates a dialog that motivates them to tales of awe, vulnerability, loss, agony, strength, faith, inspiration and unity.

Trailer for Koutaiba Al-Janabi's feature film "Leaving Baghdad"

Award winning Iraqi film maker Koutaiba Al-Janabi's debut feature film, Leaving Baghdad, about the brutal Saddam Hussein regime, shown through the story of the everyday person, who gets caught up in the turbulances of the country's politics. The film provokes the question of guilt, conscience, collaboration, escape. Universal questions, that were asked in connection with Nazi Germany, with the communist regimes, with ...

The Sand Clock

Director: Razibul Hossain.
An old man, Zoology Professor Kuhel Ahmed, faces death. The things happening in his life is quite normal for anyone. But, how is it to himself? What happens to his inner self, in his consciousness, in his thoughts at that moment in life when the living people are wistful about their long life and the dead are only memory to him? He is a loner in the middle of a bridge; helpless in his tension. All barriers of control break loose; things fall apart for him. Professor Ahmed is not a psychologically challenged person. He is absent-minded, reticent as a character. However, thoughts are not always limited to expression only. Thoughts are restless, always on the move. Professor Ahmed looks back into the satisfactions of his life’s achievements as well as the real pictures for all his shortcomings. He is nostalgic as the certainty of end of life awaits him. Professor Ahmed is single as he defies leaving behind a generation. He knows all the patterns of human diversity like his palms. Life, to him, is nothing but carrier of a mathematical progression. This belief popped into him through the practices of science. He knows beyond this belief human race is going through this progression as they try to mask the superstition of heredity and surroundings. Therefore, he argues at the close of his life. Life’s meaning as well as absurdity equally fights within him. Such inner conflict is apparently unseen, unreal. But in man’s own world it is evident and real. This feature film tries to explore that real image of the human race crossing the limits of individuals. Memory and present; everything becomes contemporary. Insights into life is framed in every millisecond.

"Zurkhane" at 4th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco

Zurkhaneh – The House of Strength [directed by: Federico Spinetti] is a feature documentary about the traditional gymnasia where a unique form of Iranian martial arts is practiced to the accompaniment of drumming, sung poetry and expressions of Shi’a devotion. Based on extensive ethnographic research, the film journeys from the Iranian diaspora in Canada, across urban Iran, to the first international Zurkhaneh Ol

4th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco Line Up Announced

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 http://www.whatsupiran.com/Pages/Iranian-Film-Festival   September 10-11, 2011 IFF 2011 Poster ...

Nawaf Al Janahi's SEA SHADOW signs with Empire and Fortissimo

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Nawaf Al-Janahi News... "Sea Shadow with Empire & FortissimoAbu Dhabi, 27 August 2011... ...In one of the most important steps in supporting Emirati cinema, Imagenation Abu Dhabi has signed two exclusive deals to distribute Nawaf Al-Janahi's new feature film "Sea Shadow", and its other locally produced films. The first deal is with Empire International who will handle the distribution to theaters and on DVD throughout the Arab world, while the second deal is with Forti...

“CYIFF's GOT TALENT”: September 30 – October 16, 2011

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6th Cyprus International Film Festival is Under the Auspices of Municipality of Nicosia “CYIFF's GOT TALENT”:  September 30 – October 16, 2011 The 6th International Film Festival of Cyprus, one of the most important festivals for emerging artists is here. The excitement, the emotion and the passion for the art of cinema come together once again in the most beautiful Mediterranean island. Entries from 98 countries for 10 categories, that exceed the compatibility of the usual festi...

FREEDOM DEAL: A New Kind of Horror Film from Camerado SE Asia

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This is writer-director Jason Rosette with Camerado SE Asia, I hope you are all well! Our 3rd feature, FREEDOM DEAL,  is a drama withsupernatural and horror elements taking place in Cambodia during the 1970 civil war, as the US and North Vietnam slugged it out along the Cambodia-Vietnam border. It's a part of the Vietnam war and US and Cambodian history that's never before been explored in a compelling way in the fiction feature format.     ...

Corrections regarding Claus Mueller's article about Cambodian Cinema

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In June 2010 I received the following email from New York based correspondent and Cambodian cinema afficianado Claus Mueller:   From: Claus Mueller <filmexchange@gmail.com> To: The CamboFest Team <info@cambofest.com> Subject: Re: combofest lite december 2010 Date: Sun, 27 Jun 2010 14:35:29 -0400   Hello JR In late April we communicated about  CamboFestLite.....Since I may be in Phnom Penh in December I am most interest...
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