President’s Note

We are delighted to be working once again with our partner venue the Irish Film Institute to bring another festival which showcases the best of Arab lm culture to Dublin audiences, supported again by our presenting sponsor Dubai Duty Free. Last year’s festival boasted sell-out screenings at the IFI and we hope that DAFF goes some way to meeting the clear demand that exists for the cinema of the Arabic world.

As this year’s programme of lms came into focus, certain commonalities and themes began to assert themselves – the con ict between traditional and modern values in Arabic countries, as evidenced in both Hedi and As I Open my Eyes; the place of women in what are predominantly patriarchal societies; the impact of the Arab Spring, which is explored in the stunning Clash, the opening night lm and the poignant documentary After Spring.
We look forward to seeing you at the Irish Film Institute over the weekend for the Dublin Arabic Film Festival.

Jim Sheridan
Festival President