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2 Asian 4 European docs selected by Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2011

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The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (13-22 Oct 2011) just revealed its line up and stars list, including stars including Matt Damon, George Clooney, Ryan Gosling and Richard Gere. More than 140 films from over 40 countries will be screened during the festival including 8 world premieres, 6 international premieres (films that have been released in their country of production but premiering in rest of the world), 35 countries represented, 86 feature films, 62 narrative features and 24 documentary features.

For its doc section, ADFF has selected 2 films from Asia: “Beijing Besieged by Waste”; dir. Wang Jiuliang (王久良) from China and “Marathon Boy”; dir. Gemma ATWAL, from UK and India.

Other docs are included. Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese charts the life of Beatle in “George Harrison: Living In The Material World”. It boasts of never-before-seen footage from Harrison’s childhood and his years as a Beatle and Egyptian documakers Ayten Amin, Amr Salama and Tamer Ezzat document the Tahrir Square demonstrations in Egypt and the end of president Hosni Mubarak’s regime through a demonstrator’s point of view in” Tahrir 2011: The Good, The Bad and The Politician”.

Documentary Feature Competition: non-fiction films that “explore remarkable stories and issues in the world around us”.

The Awards

Films in this section compete for Black Pearl Awards in these categories:

Best Documentary Film ($100,000), shared equally between the director and the production company
Special Jury Award ($50,000)
Best New Director ($50,000)
Best Director from the Arab World ($50,000)
Best Producer from the Arab World ($25,000)

The Films:

From Asia

“Beijing Besieged by Waste” directed by Wang Jiu-liang
China –2011 – 86 min.
This film is also part of the Our World competition.

“With a population of about 20 million, the growing city of Beijing produces 30,000 tons of waste each day. Photographer/filmmaker Wang Jiuliang traveled around the city and visited 460 legal and illegal landfills from 2008 to 2010 to document the collection of garbage and excrement, the environmental calamity and the life cycles around these landfills, which include scavengers building a precarious livelihood, green spaces forming on top of waste, and livestock being fed trash. An informative and alarming portrait of urban ecology, the film has earned keen Chinese media coverage and the attention of government officials”. (Dgenerate)

In China Daily     in IMDb

“Marathon Boy” directed by Gemma Atwal
India, United Kingdom, USA – 98 min. In Oriya


Reviews in running.competitor.com and bombaydub.com

From Europe

“The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975″ directed by Göran Hugo Olsson
Sweden, USA – 93 min.
This film is also part of the Spotlight on Sweden.

“Diaries (Yawmyat)” directed by May Odeh
Norway, Palestine – 53 min.

“Last Chapter – Goodbye Nicaragua (Sista kapitlet – Farväl Nicaragua)”
directed by Peter Torbiörnsson
Sweden – 101 min.
This film is also part of the Spotlight on Sweden.

“Position Among the Stars (Stand ven de Sterren)” directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich
Netherlands – 111 min.

From all over the world

“El Gusto” directed by Safinez Bousbia
Algeria, Ireland, France, United Arab Emirates – 88 min.
World Premiere
SANAD Grantee

“In My Mother’s Arms (Fi Ahdan Ummi)” directed by Atia Al Daradji, Mohamed Al Daradji
Iraq, United Kingdom, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates – 85 min.
SANAD Grantee

Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad & the Politician (Al Tahrir 2011: Al Tayib wa al Shariss wa al Siyassi) directed by Ayten Amin, Amr Salama, Tamer Ezzat
Egypt, United Arab Emirates – 95 min.
SANAD Grantee

From America

“Fightville” directed by Michael Tucker, Petra Epperlein
USA – 85 min.
International Premiere

“Girl Model” directed by Ashley Sabin, David Redmon
USA – 78 min.
International Premiere

“The Tiniest Place (El lugar más pequeño)” directed by Tatiana Huezo
Mexico – 104 min

Best of US documentaries

The Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) is partnering with the American Mission to the UAE to present eight powerful documentaries from the American Documentary Showcase to audiences across the emirates.

All screenings are free of charge and open to the public, said a statement from the Diff. The showcase, an array of award-winning contemporary American documentaries, offers an uncommon view of American society and culture as seen by its independent filmmakers. The films explore diverse topics from civil rights, the loss of native cultures and the difficulties experienced by immigrants, to slam poetry, wildlife and education, it added. During the week, filmmakers from the showcase will also visit UAE universities in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai to conduct workshops.

These include “Louder Than A Bomb”; “No Subtitles Necessary: László and Vilmos”; “A Village Called Versailles”; “One Lucky Elephant”; “Corner Plot”; “Freedom Riders”; “We Still Live Here and The Lottery”.


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