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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.

DIFF Dazzles: An Introductory Guide to the 10th Dubai International Film Festival

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.27.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

To cinema lovers, this year's Dubai International Film Festival appears like a dream come true.

'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.

New York Film Festival: 51 and Counting

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.27.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'd give this year's festival a passing grade, just in terms of featuring movies that neither challenge you to make sense of them nor to stay awake.

Anand Gandhi's Ship of Theseus: Winning Prizes, Conquering Hearts

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 08.12.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Ship of Theseus writer and director Anand Gandhi is one of those remarkable people who seem to know nearly everything and yet doesn't boast about it or try to make you feel small.

'Dubai Heritage & Touristic Season': It's a Great Time to Be a Tourist

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 08.03.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

We are certainly in dire need of some kind of visionary bridge when it comes to the Middle East these days. I'm often left speechless by the broad statements I hear when I disclose to westerners my deep love for the region, the culture, the cinema but in particular, the people.

Of Middle East Cinema and Filmmakers in Cannes: Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.27.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

As much as I admire filmmakers, they are modern-day heroes for managing the nearly impossible feat of creating the magic of cinema despite financial restraints and all kinds of obstacles, we must recognize and applaud, encourage these cultural organizations that aid and assist.

Believing: Hany Abu-Assad's Omar Gets Standing Ovation in Cannes

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.28.2013 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Sitting across from Abu-Assad, one quickly realizes he is unlike most filmmakers, and that's why Omar is such a multi-layered, touching and wonderfully complex film.

The Man Inside by Karim Goury: Imperfection as Inspiration

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.18.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

The Man Inside follows Karim Goury on a journey inside the room in Kuwait where his father lived the last few years of his life, and places him on the path of several momentous discoveries.

Haider Rashid's It's About to Rain: Holding Up a Mirror to Injustice

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.13.2013 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

What does it mean to belong to a country, to be a certified, true citizen somewhere? Haider Rashid, a multicultural filmmaker who was born in Florence of an Iraqi father and an Italian mother, asks that question in his new film It's About to Rain, and in the process raises many more.

Aflamnah: Looking for Crowdfunding in the Arab World

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.09.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Started in July of 2012 by husband and wife team Vida Rizq and Lotfi Bencheikh, Aflamnah -- which simply translated means "our films" in Arabic -- is a platform much like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but with a simple twist.

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.

Four Reasons All Filmmakers Should Listen To Pascal Diot of Dubai Filmmart

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.05.2013 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Pascal Diot's knowledge is a stupendous resource to tap into for any filmmaker but also for a journo with a passion for world cinema. Following are four reasons why.

The Sapphires Interviews: Wayne Blair and Shari Sebbens

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.18.2013 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

During a magical afternoon, while sitting on a terrace in Madinat Jumeirah with birds chirping all around us, I caught up with The Sapphires handsomely understated director Wayne Blair and beautifully smart actress Shari Sebbens, who plays Kay.

Searching for Superman: Bekas Finds Its Wings Thanks to DIFF

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.06.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

In Bekas, Zana and Dana are children of the land made infamous by Saddam Hussein's atrocities, but they lean upon the legend of an unlikely ally to help them survive their difficult surroundings and miserable situation: Superman.

Jeremy Xido's Death Metal Angola: A Cult Classic in the Making

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.18.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

In his documentary titled Death Metal Angola, filmmaker Jeremy Xido finds the Phoenix that has risen out of the ashes of war. Xido's protagonists have found the hidden energy of a style of music that perhaps at its core meant to heal and inspire.

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.

Hollywood in Dubai: Stars Auction Clothes off Their Backs for Oxfam & Dubai Cares

Ariston Anderson | Posted 02.25.2013 | Entertainment
Ariston Anderson

This year's expertly-run festival gave the indies room to breathe, focusing on the massive treasure trove of new talent from the Middle East, Africa, and beyond. Of course it wouldn't be Dubai without some outrageous parties.

Amr Waked Talks Arab Spring and Winter of Discontent at the Dubai Film Fest

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.19.2013 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

There are two very distinct sides to Egyptian actor Amr Waked.

Wrapping up the 2012 Dubai International Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As I write this, it's Sunday morning and I'm sitting on a train rolling along the Hudson River under gloomy skies in chilly weather, heading into Manh...

Freida Pinto's Bright Smile Is Her Best Accessory

The Huffington Post | Michelle Persad | Posted 12.15.2012 | Style

Take notes, ladies!

Haifaa Al Mansour's Wadjda: A Human Saudi Film To Tear Down the Divide

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.12.2013 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Groundbreaking is definitely an overrated word these days. Yet there are some instances when nothing else will do. Haifaa Al Mansour's Wadjda for example, is a film that demands the multiple use of this word.

The Cultural "Soul of Dubai" Is Unveiled During DIFF 2012

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.13.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

On this visit to Dubai, probably my sixth or seventh, I found culture and heritage at every turn, beyond the dazzling displays of the Dubai Film Fest opening night fireworks and the red carpet lavishness of the galas.

Live From the Dubai International Film Festival: Day 5

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.13.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

At 71, director Michael Apted feels he's far from finished working in film -- though it gets increasingly difficult to make the kind of movies he most wants to make.

'I Can Only Deal With These People As Monsters'

AP | BEN HUBBARD | Posted 12.12.2012 | Arts

BEIRUT -- Syrian filmmaker Joud Said was planning to attend the world premiere of his latest work at the Dubai International Film Festival when the ba...