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Summary: DUBAI -- The fourth Gulf Film Festival will screen three films on India, underscoring the broader mandate of the festival to bring contemporary cinema from around the world to promote intercultural dialogue and industry interaction.

DUBAI -- The fourth Gulf Film Festival will screen three films on India, underscoring the broader mandate of the festival to bring contemporary cinema from around the world to promote intercultural dialogue and industry interaction.

The UAE-UK-India production, Love Arranged, is a documentary directed by Dubai-based filmmaker Soniya Kirpalani, who won the Muhr Award for Best Documentary at DIFF 2010 with her Dobuy -- the Fabric of Faith. The film, which makes its World Premiere in Dubai, explores the retro-trend among Indian youth to seek love the traditional way, and was a Greek Doc Lab nominee, and winner at the WIPS Asian American International Film Festival. It also entered the IWART 2011, Tartu Film Festival and Birds Eye Film Festival London. Two films from India will compete in the festival's inaugural International Shorts competition, shortlisted from several dozen films submitted by Indian filmmakers.

Director Abhay Kumar's Just That Sort of a Day follows seemingly random characters as they go about their day-to-day activities with their quirks, doubts and misgivings, all looking for just one thing -- a meaning to their lives. Six Strands, directed by Chaitanya Tamhane, is partially based on true stories, and is a character study inspired by the renowned Darjeeling tea industry and its undisclosed secrets. Both films are making their Middle East premiere at GFF.

Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Festival Director, said: "India offers one of the most varied and vivid cinema experiences. While historically, the Arab world has followed the Hindi film industry, through the Gulf Film Festival's International Shorts competition and Intersections segment at GFF, we are bringing a slice of Indian cinema seldom screened in Dubai. The three films, one of them a UAE joint production, also underscores the close collaborations fostered by film professionals in UAE and India." -- news@khaleejtimes.com

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Apr 16, 2011
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