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LONDON – British documentary maker Nick Broomfield, whose latest project Sarah Palin: You Betcha! is in U.S. theaters, leads the jury for the inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival’s Arab documentary film competition during this year’s jamboree.
Broomfield is joined on the first Doha documentary competition jury by Moroccan filmmaker Hakim Belabbes and Istanbul Film Festival director Azize Tan.
Broomfield said: “The Arab documentary competition lineup features some very strong contenders from filmmakers throughout the Arab region including Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon and UAE and I’m looking forward to discovering some new talent and aiding these films to find exposure around the world.”
DTFF organizers also said Tuesday actress Robin Wright, Singaporean filmmaker Eric Khoo and Berlinale Golden Bear-winning filmmaker Jasmila Zbanic will be among those on the narrative film jury for this year’s festival.
The Doha Film Institute also said this year’s DTFF will include special screenings, a Bollywood strand, musical performances and a series of ‘Doha Talks’ to draw the crowds.
Curated by the DFI, ‘Doha Talks’ is a series of nine panels, masterclasses and in conversation events and will include contributions from actor-director Antonio Banderas, film composer James Horner, French auteur Luc Besson, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock and cinematographer Christopher Doyle.
Special screenings during the event include David Fine’s Salaam Dunk, a documentary that looks at the sport of basketball through the eyes of next generation Iraqi women and Asif Kapadia’s documentary Senna, an insight into the world of Formula One racing through the true story of legendary Brazilian race car driver Ayrton Senna and Gareth Huw Evans’ action movie The Raid, which recently grabbed the People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival.
The festival runs Oct. 25 through 29.
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