DUBAI: As the international home for Arab film, the Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) reinforces its commitment to regional grassroots projects though the rich repertoire of ‘Gulf Voices’ films which will be screened this year.
With four world premieres and one GCC premiere, the selected films originate from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Oman.
Among the most anticipated categories in the festival, ‘Gulf Voices’ — a key component of Diff’s out-of-competition section — will comprise five short movies and one feature film, which portray the complexity, intricacy and changing face of the Gulf region.
Diff artistic director Masoud Amralla Al Ali commented, “Offering some unique perspectives on the Arab world today, the emotive stories portrayed in the ‘Gulf Voices’ film category will resonate with Diff audiences.”
A repository of the Gulf region’s finest films, the six ‘Gulf Voices’ submissions tell heartfelt stories of hardship and sorrow, murder and deception, blended with remarkable innerstrength and hope.
In a heart-rending story of survival and persistence, the feature film and GGC premiere of Aseel by Khalid Zidjali portrays the struggles of a 9-year-old tribal boy striving to protect his heritage and village. Iraqi filmmaker Kamiran Betasi will showcase the world premiere of his complex and short film Silhoutte.