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Doesn't Get Better Than This: A Wrap Up of the 2015 Dubai Film Fest

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.05.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I'm seldom impressed with celebrities, but I have to say that somehow their stars shine brighter in Dubai.

The Dubai Film Fest Diaries 2015: Changing the Narrative for the Arab World

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.10.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Extremism consists of a narrative laden with terror created by outcasts, and violence fueled by boredom. If you change the narrative, you can change the world.

Five Perfect New Year's Lessons I Learned from Lee Daniels in Dubai

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.28.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Just in time for the ideal reflections on the new year ahead, I sat down with filmmaker Lee Daniels on a terrace overlooking the splendid Arabian Gulf during the recent Dubai International Film Festival.

'Ten for the Tenth': DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma on the Festival's Big Anniversary

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

His words perhaps shed light on the reasons why Dubai, in ten short years, has become the Cannes of the Arab world, the go-to destination for world cinema in the region, and beyond.

'An Alternative Voice': Jim Sheridan Heads Jury at the Dubai International Film Festival

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Sheridan's work is at the very least momentous, at most a means to change the world. His presence in Dubai, at the helm of their prestigious Arab film competition will ensure a brand new chapter for cinema in and from that region.

Ten Gems From the Gulf

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.25.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I'm all about cinema and my personal gems were collected during the Gulf Film Festival, which was held in Dubai's Festival City from April 10th to the 17th.

Wisdom From the Chairman: What I Learned From Abdulhamid Juma in Dubai

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.15.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Sitting in conversation with Abdulhamid Juma, the Chairman of both the Dubai International Film Festival and the Gulf Film Festival, is a film-lover's dream come true. It's unique to find a perfect businessman who also possesses an infectious passion for cinema.

Beyond Hollywood: A Year End Review of Arab Cinema from Dubai

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.27.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Bottom line, if you're not watching films from or about this part of the world, you're not really watching films.

Live From the Dubai International Film Festival: Day 4

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.11.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The idea of a film festival in Dubai had been discussed since the '90s, but the true impetus came after the terrorist attacks in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. "The eyes of the world were looking at the Arab world," says Dubai International Film Festival Chairman Abdulhamid Juma.