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10th Dubai International Film Festival, 2013

The Factory Girl
"The Factory Girl" (Mohammed Khan)

10th Dubai International Film Festival (United Arab Emirates, December 6-14, 2013). Jury: Bojidar Manov, Bulgaria, president ("Pressa", "Kultura"), Steffen Moestrup, Denmark ("Le monde diplomatique", "Dox Magazine"), Mr. Wassim Korbi, Tunisia ("Aljazeera Documentary"), Mario Abbade, Brazil ("Jornal O Globo"), Müge Turan, Turkey ("Altyazi"), Mohsen Waify, Egypt ("Al-kawakeb"). FIPRESCI prize for the best short film: Children of God (Atfal Allah) by Ahmed Yassin (Iraq, UK, Hungary, 2013, 10min). FIPRESCI prize for the best Documentary: Scheherazade's Diary by Zeina Daccache (Lebanon, 2013). FIPRESCI prize for the best feature film: The Factory Girl (Fatat El Masnaa) by Mohammed Khan (Egypt, UAE, 2013, 90min).


My Two Films in Dubai. The Dubai International Film Festival is a very important forum for Arab cinema. It is a chance to look at the Arab world through the lens of a documentary camera: an extremely provocative, curious and worthwhile adventure. Bojidar Manov's report. arrow.
Love in the Place of Conservative Behavior. Of the 15 features in the Muhr Arab competition at the Dubai International Film Festival, the winner of the Best Film prize was Factory Girl, by the Egyptian director Mohamed Khan. Mohsen Waify's review. arrow.
Discovering Beauty in Difference. During this Islamic funeral ritual, Habi — with her long blond hair, bourgeois origins, and curious eyes — discovers a different culture to be explored. She pretends to be what she is not, in order to find out the inner workings of this new reality. Mario Abbade's review. arrow.
The Rise of Arabian Cinema. In its tenth edition, the Dubai International Film Festival reaffirms itself as both a blockbuster film event and a place to discover the best of cinema from the Arab world. The founding purpose of the festival was to raise the profile of Arabic films, and make their presence felt at an international level. Apparently it is working: there are now more Arabic films than ever, with over 100 in total this year. Müge Turan's report. arrow.
Ideology and Aesthetics in Arabic Documentaries. Talking about documentary film in the Arab world raises several fundamental problems, whether at the level of intellectual and aesthetic discourse or at the level of the presence of this creative genre in international festivals. Dr. Wassim Korbi's impressions. arrow.
Authenticity and Experiments in Dubai. Authenticity and sincerity are remarkable qualities which are not easily capturedor defined. How do you establish documentary authenticity? What is sincerity and what is empathy? Steffen Moestrup's report. arrow.



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Dubai 2013

bullet. Index
bullet. My Two Films in Dubai
bullet. Conservative Behavior
bullet. Discovering Beauty
bullet. Rise of Arabian Cinema
bullet. Ideology and Aesthetics
bullet. Authenticity and Experiments in Dubai

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