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The third event of its kind in Ireland, DAFF, Presented by Dubai Duty Free, curated by Film Director Jim Sheridan, will take place at The IFI, Dublin, from the 11-13th of November 2016.

With festival director Zhara Moufid at the helm, DAFF, Presented by Dubai Duty Free, celebrates some of the best feature films the Arab world has to offer and the filmmakers behind them, screening both new and older films, in addition to hosting a series of exclusive talks. The very first festival featured a visit to Ireland by legendary movie icon, Omar Sharif.

In 2015 Mr. Sharif’s grandson, Omar Sharif Jnr accepted a post humus award at the festival in recognition of his grandfather’s contribution to films.

Speaking on his latest project Jim Sheridan said

I just made a little movie about 9/11 with Salma Hayek , just a kind of movie to show that once, America was all immigrants working together, including Muslims.

He continued

I think the lesson I learned most is to have a great cause, have something important to say, because that will make you keep going. This movie really fits with Dublin Arabic Film Festival as we are trying to create greater understanding of Arab life through the medium of film.