Festival Introduction

We are delighted to be working again with our partner venue, the Irish Film Institute, to present the best of contemporary Arabic cinema, providing unique perspectives on Arab people, culture and politics. This year’s diverse selection of films gives valuable insight into the beauty and complexity of these extraordinary countries.

The place of women in Arabic society emerged this year as a key theme with two films being directed by women: the Opening Night presentation, Solitaire, a winning comedy of manners, and Beauty and The Dogs, a provocative work of great technical virtuosity. This occurrence chimes with the IFI’s recent implementation of the F-Rating. Elsewhere in the programme Gaza Surf Club explores a new generation of young Palestinian surfers, while the zany comedy Ali, The Goat and Ibrahim provides some light relief.

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

Jim Sheridan
Festival President