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Dox Box, AFAC launch Arab Doc Convention

March meeting for documentary professionals launches in Leipzig in March.

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Deal Productions, Film Clinic team on first Luxembourg-Egyptian co-production 'Sawah' (exclusive)

Adolf El Assal – who grew up between Dubai, London and Luxembourg – co-wrote the screenplay and directs.

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Sandy Powell and Bennett Miller named as masters at Doha's Qumra event

They join Zvyagintsev, Weerasethakul and Rosi for event, which runs March 9-14.

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Kuwait's KNCC and Front Row to launch three multiplexes in Saudi Arabia by end of 2018

Joint venture will see 27 screens across the sites in Riyadh, Jeddah and Damman.

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Vue International strikes deal to build first cinemas in Saudi Arabia for 35 years

Exhibitors targets up to 30 multiplexes in three years.

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Alma Cinema boards Israeli sexual awakening tale 'Para Aduma' ahead of Berlinale premiere (exclusive)

Other titles on Alma’s EFM slate include A Bluebird In My Heart and To The Ends Of The World.


Merzak Allouache, Dominga Sotomayor win Doha Film Institute funding

A total of 35 projects supported in latest funding round.

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Zvyagintsev, Weerasethakul and Rosi named as masters at Doha's Qumra event

Two more masters are due to announced in early 2018.


Cinephile Saudis will flock to local theatres when ban ends, says US producer

Savvy regional players have been betting on a lifting of the ban for some months.

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Annemarie Jacir's 'Wajib' scoops top prize at Dubai Film Festival

Other winners include Heaven Without People, The Blessed and Taste Of Cement.

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Ed Skrein, Hermione Corfield, Laurence Fox wrap 'Born A King' (exclusive)

Historical drama comes from Oscar-winning producer Andrés Vicente Gómez.


Saudi Arabia lifts cinema ban, first theatres to open in March 2018

Country to allow commercial cinemas after more than 35 years.


Marwan Hamed to direct Adham Sabri adaptation (exclusive)

Adham Sabri: The Man Of The Impossible will be the first entry in a franchise.

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Yousry Nasrallah to lead Arab Entertainment Experience

Arab Format Lab producing script lab.

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Dubai 2017: Screen's dailies

Browse Screen International’s daily magazines from the Dubai International Film Festival here.

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'The Syrians' triumphs at Dubai Film Connection

Refugee drama takes $25,000 prize.


Cinemas could return to Saudi Arabia as early as April 2018

Multiplexes could soon be built in the country.


Arab filmmakers protest Donald Trump's Jerusalem declaration

Protest launched at Dubai Film Festival.