The 2007 edition of the Dubai International Film Festival features 9 programmes that will showcase cinema of all genres from all over the
world. There will be a total of 141 international films from 52 different countries.
The Cultural Bridge [Film Schedule]
The Cultural Bridge programme is one of the most important sections of DIFF. The new millennium has seen a significant increase in conflict and misunderstanding between the
Islamic and broader Western worlds. The Cultural Bridge section features a selection of features and documentaries from around the world, telling stories or describing events
that serve to break down the walls of inter-racial prejudice and intolerance, thereby helping stimulate dialogue and building cross-cultural bridges. To this end, the programme
will be complemented by a high-profile panel discussion exploring cinema’s role in building these bridges and exploring the festival’s motto and overall ambition
of: ‘Bridging Cultures. Meeting Minds’.
Gala Screening - The Edge of Heaven
Other Films - Am Ende kommen Touristen (And Along Come Tourists); Dans la Vie; It's a Free World; Nomadak TX; A Thousand Years of Good Prayers;
Unfinished Sky; Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge (Flight of the Red Balloon); When the Road Bends... Tales of a Gypsy Caravan.
Arabian Nights [Film Schedule]
The Arabian Nights programme is an out of competition section showcasing a collection of features, short films and documentaries. The selection of feature films by the world’s
best Arab and Non-Arab filmmakers is testimony to the talent and creativity within contemporary Arab cinema.
Gala Screening - Whatever Lola Wants
"The 9/11 Effect" - AmericanEast; USA mot Al-Arian (USA vs Al-Arian); Al Ab Al-Mokhless (A Father Taken); Yasin; The Good Son.
"Short Films" - Aal Atabah (Both); Ya Ana... Ya Haifa (Either Me... or Haifa); Posthume; Bonne nuit Malik (Good Night Malik); Paris Sur Mer (Paris by the Sea / Baris
ala el Baher).
Other Films - L'Ennemi Intime (Intimate Enemies); Io, L'altro (Me, The Other); Michou d'Auber; Anisat, Nisa'a, Mouwatinat (Ladies, Women, Citizens);
Aux frontieres de la nuit (Night Shadows); Cartouches Gauloises; De ma fenetre, sans maison... (From My Window, Without a Home)
A Celebration of Indian Cinema [Film Schedule]
A Celebration of Indian Cinema is a new focus within the international programme and is designed to reflect the strong links between Dubai and India, a country which has a
long tradition of popular and great cinema. The section will not only feature the latest attractions from one of the world’s most prolific producers of entertainment
- Bollywood - but will also showcase a broad range of the finest works from the independent cinema movement within India.
Gala Screening - Aids Jaago
Other Films - Before the Rains; Frozen; Lal Pahare'r Katha (A Story of the Red Hills); Loins of Punjab Presents; Naalu Pennungal (Four Women);
Shoot on Sight; Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story
The Cinema of the World [Film Schedule]
The Cinema of the World programme will feature a selection of the most important and original new films from North and South America, Australasia, Turkey, Iran and Europe.
Gala Screening - The Darjeeling Limited
Other Films - An Seh (Those Three); The Assassination of Jesse James; El Bano; Battle for Haditha; Control; Encarnacion; 4 luni, 3 saptamani
si 2 zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days); Gone Baby Gone; Hafez; Klopka (The Trap); Married Life; Mongol; No Country for Old Men; Paranoid Park; The Princess of Nebraska; Riza;
Le Scaphandre et le papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly); Stellet Licht; Takva; Things We Lost In The Fire; When Did You Last See Your Father?
The Cinema of Asia [Film Schedule]
The Cinema of Asia section will offer a broad spectrum of important and recent films emerging from South Asian countries - Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh - and from the
film producing countries of East and South East Asia including South Korea, China, Japan and the Philippines.
Films - Fongchuk (Exiled); Ji feng zhon de ma (The Season of the Horse); Luo ye gui gen (Getting Home); Tuya de hun shi (Tuya's Marriage); Ye
Yan (The Banquet); AHA!; Dheevari (The Fisherman's Daughter); Miryang (Secret Sunshine); Swopnodanay (On The Wings of Dreams); Tennen kokekko (A Gentle Breeze in the Village);
The Cinema of Africa [Film Schedule]
The Cinema of Africa programme will continue to present the little seen, but extremely rich, diverse and challenging films from the African continent, south of the Sahara.
Films - Confessions of a Gambler; Ezra; Faro, La Reine Des Eaux (Faro, Goddess of the Waters); Juju Factory; Meisie.
Destination Documentary [Film Schedule]
The Destination Documentary segment recognises the importance of the documentary format. DIFF presents a selection of non-fiction works, distinctive in form and from some of
the most daring film-makers. This section features non-Arab documentaries from around the world touching on some of the most urgent social, political and ecological issues.
Films - The 11th Hour; A Promise To The Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman; Surya, From Eloquence To Dawn; War Dance.
Emirati Voices [Film Schedule]
The Emirati Voices programme is an important component of DIFF and features out of competition Arab cinema by UAE filmmakers. The films are selected from the growing talent
pool of emerging young UAE national filmmakers. The programme aims to serve as a platform for promising new Emirati filmmakers to share their work with the international film
community attending DIFF.
Films - Bain Shamsain; Bela Qalb; Al Ghobna; Hadiyat Eid Al Milad; Houjas; 100 Miles; Ramad; Wajeh Alilq.
Children's Cinema [Film Schedule]
The Children's Cinema section presents a selection of films appealing to children of all nationalities. Going beyond Hollywood, the selected works are from around the
world and representative of different cultural backgrounds, but share a common factor in their universal appeal of entertaining children.
Gala Screening - Bee Movie
Other Films - Quamer Working To Live; Viva Cuba; The Peace Tree; Hande Weg Von Mississippi (Hands Off Mississippi); Kappa No Coo To Natsuyasumi
(Summer Days with Coo)