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Which Khaleeji films will screen at Dubai International Film Festival?

New films from the UAE, Kuwait and Iraq with “a bold, unapologetic look at GCC society” will be screened at the Dubai International Film Festival, starting this Saturday.

Visual artist Furat Al Jamil, a German-Iraqi director, will have his film Baghdad Night screened at Vox, Mall of the Emirates, at 3.45pm, alongside Iraqi writer/director Rizgar Husen’s The Day Is Gone. In Al Jamil’s film, a taxi driver takes a mysterious woman to one of the oldest graveyards in Baghdad. Husen tells the story of Nasrin, a refugee from Syria who fled to Iraq after the Syrian war.

Emirati director Nayla Al Khaja’s Three tells the story of Khalid, a nine-year-old boy, and his sister Reem, while Cholo, by Omani director Muzna Al Musafer, shows the meeting between two Omani children: dark-skinned Cholo and fair-skinned Abdullah..

“There is constant production going on around the Gulf, and we keep in touch with the best up and coming directors through Gulf Voices and other platforms such as the Gulf Film Festival,” said Diff artistic director Masoud Amralla Al Ali. “A new, cohesive body of work is developing, driven by young artists, with a distinctive narrative bent and a bold, unapologetic look at GCC society and its dreams and aspirations. ‘Gulf Voices’ showcases the directors of the future, and is a special segment that is close to our hearts at DIFF.”

Also showing are Kuwaiti filmmaker Faisal Al Duwaisan’s A Dream; Eye and Mermaid, by Shahad Ameen; Grandmother’s Farm, directed by Emirati filmmaker Ahmad Zain; and Alaa Shaker’s This is My Night.

Screenings also take place on December 9, 10 and 12. Tickets and schedules are at dubaifilmfest.com.