Dubai International Film Festival Programs Gulf Voices Sidebar


LONDON – FIlms from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Oman have been programmed for the Gulf Voices sidebar during the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).

The section will consist of five short and one feature lenght film aiming to portray the "complexity, intricacy and changing face of the Gulf region," organizers said Friday.

Khalid Zidjali's Aseel is the section's only feature length title, billed as a tale of survival and persistance.

It details the story of a nine-year-old tribal boy striving to protect his heritage and village.

DIFF artistic director Masoud Amralla Al Ali said: "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."

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