Dubai features

  • Star Wars The Force Awakens
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    Desert heat: shooting in the UAE

    2015-12-14T07:52:00Z

    The UAE is fast becoming one of the most popular shooting destinations in the Middle East.

  • Noura Kevorkian
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    Noura Kevorkian, '23 Kilometres'

    2015-12-10T23:30:00Z

    The Lebanese director explains why a very personal film about her father’s illness is a metaphor for the state of her homeland.

  • Omar Shargawi
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    Omar Shargawi, 'Al Medina'

    2015-12-10T23:27:00Z

    The Danish-Palestinian film-maker was inspired by dark days — with echoes of the Dogme movement — for his latest film Al Medina.

  • Dubai Film Connection
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    Dubai Film Connection: up close and personal

    2015-12-10T22:52:00Z

    Dubai Film Connection is dominated by intimate, character-driven tales from voices that are often ignored or marginalised, DFC artistic director Jane Williams says.

  • Larry Yang
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    Larry Yang, Mountain Cry

    2015-12-10T22:34:00Z

    Larry Yang talks about how he adapted a rural Chinese story set in the 1980s for contemporary audiences in China and overseas.

  • Anu Menon
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    Anu Menon, Waiting

    2015-12-10T22:27:00Z

    London-based director Anu Menon talks about her second feature Waiting, which is receiving its world premiere in Dubai

  • Sean McAllister
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    Sean McAllister, A Syrian Love Story

    2015-12-10T22:15:00Z

    The film-maker says he wanted to make a film about the ‘hidden gem’ of the Middle East, but then events made Syria anything but.

  • Hany Abu-Assad
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    Hany Abu-Assad, The Idol

    2015-12-10T22:09:00Z

    The prize-winning director talks about why he was unable to resist making The Idol, the story of the Palestinian winner of Arab Idol

  • Deepa Mehta
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    Dubai: Meet the jury

    2015-12-10T09:21:00Z

    DIFF has assembled an eclectic group of international film-makers to take a seat on the festival juries, Screen meets Deepa Mehta [pictured], Nujoom Alganem, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Ali F Mostafa and Kim Magnusson.

  • Rifqui Assaf
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    Rifqi Assaf, The Curve

    2015-12-10T09:00:00Z

    The film-maker who hails from Jordan and Palestine talks about his debut feature, road movie The Curve.