The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has today unveiled the first wave of eclectic films, including multiple world premieres, for the renowned Muhr Feature programme.
Following the success of his first feature film Narcissus Blossom, Iraqi director, Hussein Hassan throws his heart and soul into the emotional story of ‘The Dark Wind’. Young and in love, Reko and Pero are looking forward to a long and prosperous life together as they prepare to marry. However their plans are soon shattered, much like their lives, as extremist militants horrifically attack their village. It seems there is no way to escape the dark wind, which continues threatening their future.
Critically acclaimed director Vatche Boulghourjian brings his Lebanese drama ‘Tramontane’, starring Barakat Jabbour, Julia Kassar and supported by Enjaaz from Dubai Film Market. The compelling film looks at the intricate relationship of Lebanese citizens with their country. Viewers are confronted with a series of deep emotions as the heartfelt tale follows the journey of blind musician Rabih, who encounters marginalised citizens sharing their stories, as he ventures across rural Lebanon in an intense search for his true identity.
Lebanese filmmaker Maher Abi Samra
presents ‘A Maid For Each’, which is a compelling movie about the bustling market for domestic work in Lebanon. The workers are deprived of basic rights and face multiple struggles in a system of full custodianship. ‘A Maid For Each’ diligently observes the day to day functions of an active agency, capturing the truth of this domineering industry. The components of this state-sanctioned system come undone methodically throughout the film as the audience is exposed to the employees’ harsh entitlements, the agent’s dexterity at commerce and the objectification of women who sell their labour in order to survive.
Registration is now open for media, students and industry professionals for the 13th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival which will take place from the 7th December – 14th December, 2016. Please visit www.diff.ae for more information.