The Gulf Film Festival: an essential platform for regional filmmakers
Dubai, UAE: May 22, 2013: Films screened during the 2013 edition of the Gulf Film Festival (GFF) are now making their way to this year's Festival du Court Mertage Maghribo-Asiatique (Asian-Moroccan Festival of Short Films), which will be held in Tissa, Morocco, from May 22 to 26 2013.
Nine films that participated in this year's edition of GFF were selected to be screened at the 6th edition of the Asian-Moroccan Festival of Short Films and come from various countries in the GCC, India, Iran and Belgium.
Salah Sermini, the official Gulf Film Festival consultant at the Asian-Moroccan Festival of Short Films, said “The films that were screened at the Gulf Film Festival and are now being showcased at the Asian-Moroccan Festival of Short Films are truly beautiful and thought-provoking works of art. Having the ability to send a powerful message in just a few minutes requires a lot of skill and technique and it is truly inspiring to see filmmakers from the region excel at this. We would like to thank the Asian-Moroccan Festival of Short Films for the opportunity to celebrate the work of these talented filmmakers once again.”
Me, My Wife, and Our Cow, directed by Azadeh Moezzi, revolves around a patient old woman, an old man and their cow in this story about a lover's constant efforts to heal his beloved. The film Allah is Great from the director Andrea Iannetta, talks about how Frank Asmas, a Danish engineer, meets Salim, a taxi driver, when he is on his way out of a remote Indian village to Nairobi. The characters come from different worlds and their journey together results in mayhem.
Moving to Yemen, Sawsan Al-Areeqe challenges old traditions where men always take the lead, while women suffer under their domination as they follow them like a shadow. In her film Photo, Al-Areeqe focuses on how confident women always fight for their rights and are determined to overcome oppression.
Moving to the GCC, Kuwait takes the lead with four films. Dinosaur, directed by Meqdad Al Kout, talks about how government employee Bu Mansour strives to change his job title before his retirement. Dawood Shuail, director of The Detective, focuses on a detective that traces the clash between a young detective and a fugitive drug dealer. Men's Barbershop, by Meshal Alhulail, follows a protagonist who is faced with the seemingly impossible challenge of changing his barber. In the last Kuwaiti film, Passport Photo, by Yousef Almujeem, a Kuwaiti national visits a photographer to have a photo taken for his passport picture. However, he is disappointed after the photo shoot.
Set in Doha, Qatari film 8 Billion directed by Riad Makdessi, is the story of a couple whose romance is straight from the movies. Three years later, reality hits them and the idea of having a baby begins to gnaw away at their perfect life.
Baghdad Messi celebrates the uplifting power of sport with the story of eight-year-old Hamoudi, addicted to football despite having only one leg. He and his friends can hardly wait for the Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester – but then the television breaks down! The film is a co-production between the UAE, Iraq and Belgium from director Sahim Omar Kalifa, who won a Muhr Short award in 2011 for his production The Land of the Heroes.
The Gulf Film Festival offers the best in regional cinema each year, with free public screenings at various locations in Dubai's Festival City. For further information on venues and screening times, consult the festival website on www.gulffilmfest.com.