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DIFF gives Gulf Directors a voice through Global Showcase.

Dubai-Nov16(BNA) As the international home for Arab film, 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 - will comprise of five short 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. The talent and technique used to craft and develop these films is true testament to DIFF's successful impact on the evolution of the Gulf-wide film industry." 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 inner-strength and hope which will surely resonate with DIFF audiences.

In a heart rendering 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 thought-provoking short film entitled Silhouttewhich discovers the intrinsic link between life, hope and the pursuit of happiness.

In a riveting story of greed, deception and murder in American Business, the political thriller Factory of Lies spans the sands of Saudi Arabia to the streets of Chicago. The film, which will make its World Premiere at DIFF, is written and directed by Saudi Hamzah Jamjoom.

Independent Bahraini writer and director, Mohammed Rashed Buali, who has also been shortlisted for the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Award, will present his film This is London. The film, which is an Enjaaz Shorts production, portrays a couple's mission to capture a perfect shot of parental love to send to their son and previously won The Official Gulf Competition at GFF 2012. Similar in theme, Saudi Arabia's Nawaf Alhoshani's will present the World Premiere of Just a Picture at DIFF. The film explores the journey of discovery undertaken by three men searching for a picture-perfect desert photograph.

The final selection and the World Premiere of 48 Hours, by Haider Al-Kinani, narrates a story profiling the strength and resilience of the next generation of Iraqi graduates.

DIFF's out-of-competition category has been critically acclaimed and widely appreciated by film-loving audiences in Dubai. Each year, the festival presents a staggering number of world, international and regional premieres proving its status as a festival of choice for film-makers from around the world.

"Friends of the Festival" packages are now available for the upcoming 9th edition of DIFF. Film enthusiasts can select from any of the six exclusive tiers - DIFF Platinum Partner, DIFF Gold Circle, Patron of DIFF, DIFF Supporter, DIFF Genre and DIFF 10 and 25 ticket deals. In return, patrons will receive insider access to the Festival as an acknowledgement of their support for one of the most anticipated events on the UAE's cultural calendar. For full details on each package and ticket purchases please, contact or the call centre 363-3456. AHN

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Date:Nov 16, 2012
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