Festival Introduction

Welcome to the Dublin Arabic Film Festival

We are delighted to once again work with the Irish Film Institute for our fifth edition of the festival, showcasing the latest in Arab film culture, supported again by our presenting partner Dubai Duty Free. The filmmaking of the Arab speaking world is remarkably rich and steeped in history, and the films selected for this year’s festival represent a flavour of the best current Arab cinema has to offer.

The championing of women filmmakers continues to be a key aim of the festival, and this year we have two films that can be awarded the IFI’s F-Rating, the Opening Night Presentation, Looking for Oum Kulthum, about a film director’s exploration of the life of the celebrated Egyptian singer, and House in the Fields, a gentle documentary portrait of an isolated village in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains.

Elsewhere in the programme we have Sheikh Jackson, about a young cleric obsessed with Michael Jackson, and The Insult, a searing courtroom drama which explores the lasting legacy of the Lebanese Civil War.

We look forward to seeing you at the Irish Film Institute over the weekend for the Dublin Arabic Film Festival.

Jim Sheridan
Festival President

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