Make way for the ladies, boys! In an industry that has seen a constant growth of emerging film professionals, women filmmakers too have been increasingly leaving their mark. They have been playing an active role in the Arab worlds film industry by bridging the gender divide that had been cited as a challenge faced by […]
Make way for the ladies, boys! In an industry that has seen a constant growth of emerging film professionals, women filmmakers too have been increasingly leaving their mark. They have been playing an active role in the Arab worlds film industry by bridging the gender divide that had been cited as a challenge faced by regional cinema.
So while the world braces itself for more such stellar contributions, the fourth Doha Tribeca Film Festival, the annual cultural celebration of Doha Film Institute (DFI), will be highlighting these dramatic strides made by Arab women filmmakers,
Held from November 17 to 24, 2012 the festival opens with accomplished filmmaker Mira Nairs The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
Audiences can view eight Qatari films created by women directors, eleven films by Arab women filmmakers screened during the Festivals Arab Film Competition, while the Contemporary World Cinema, Special Screenings and Tribute to Algerian Cinema feature another six films directed by women. Although distinct in their thematic and narrative approach, the films are bound by the passion and imprint created by the women filmmakers globally.
In the Arab Film Competition segment are Maggie Morgans Asham: A Man Called Hope, which narrates the stories of six couples at different stages in their relationship, set against the lead up to the 25 January Revolution; and Hanan Abdallas In the Shadow of a Man, that presents the personal revolutions of four women from different backgrounds in post-revolution Egypt.
Also in competition are Tamara Stepanyans Embers, a touching tribute to the memory of the filmmakers grandmother; A Deep Long Breath by Tahani Rached which documents the 18 days that brought about the end of dictatorship in Egypt; Rafea: Solar Mama by Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief, which follows the story of a Jordanian Bedouin mother, who leaves her home to travel to India to obtain an education; The Lebanese Rocket Society co-directed by Joana Hadjithomas a reflection of the reawakening of hopes in the wake of the Arab spring; Sanctity by Ahd Kamel, which documents the story of Areej, a pregnant, young Saudi widow, who will endure anything to protect her unborn child; L`Mrayet by Nadia Rais is about a man who is hired to write the future; Ismail by Nora Alsharif is about a young Palestinian boy living in a refugee camp who struggles to escape imminent death when he and his little brother stray into a minefield; When They Slept by Maryam Touzani is about the relationship between a grandfather and a granddaughter and The Wall by Odette Makhlouf Mouarkech is about living everyday life in Beirut during the civil war.
Made in Qatar, includes Amna Al-Khalafs Brains of Empowerment, an experimental film about the empowerment of women in the Middle East; and Lyrics Revolt by Shannon Farhoud, Ashlene Ramadan, Melanie Fridgant and Rana Khaled Al Khatib, a documentary that started as a student project at Northwestern University in Qatar, exploring the events of Arab Spring through hip hop artists of the Middle East in addition to Ghazil – The Story of Rached & Jawaher by Sarah Al-Derham, Rain by Rehab El Ewaly, The Worker by Manal Ahmed, His Name by Hend Fakhroo, Bader by Sarah Al-Saadi, Maaria Assami, Latifa Al-Darwish and Crazy Calm by Noor Ahmed Yaqiub.
As part of the Contemporary World Cinema line-up, DTFF will screen Children of Sarajevo by Marija Pikic and Ismir Gagula, the story of two siblings living in the harsh battle-scarred Sarajevo, Dominga Sotomayors Thursday Till Sunday, narrates the story of 10-year-old Lucia, her parents, and brother and their holiday in the north of Chile, which results in broken familial bonds, ending in an emotional farewell and a family in crisis and Venus and Serena by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major, document the story of the greatest tennis champions in the world.
The dedication to women filmmakers under the Special Screenings segment includes Naomi Kawases Traces, an unusual personal documentary focusing on the aging foster mother of the filmmaker; The Tsunami and The Cherry Blossom by Lucy Walker, a stunning, moving visual poem about the ephemeral nature of life and the healing power of Japans most beloved flower and Assia Djebars The Nouba of the Women of Mount Chenoua, under the Tribute to Algerian Cinema, segment, documenting conversations with Algerian women, 15 years after the end of the war for independence.
Mira Nair will also lead a panel on the making of The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
With an expanded Festival format this year, DTFF 2012 will showcase over 87 films from across the globe under distinct themed sections including Arab Film Competition, Made in Qatar, Contemporary World Cinema, Special Screenings and Tribute to Algerian Cinema.