The eighth annual Dublin Arabic Film Festival (DAFF) curated by Jim Sheridan and film director, Zahara Moufid, will run online from the 8th-12th of December 2021. Six feature length and eight short Arab films will be shown on www.dublinarabicfilmfestivalonline.com
pictured with The Edzge,and Jim Sheridan established DAFF in 2014 in a bid to allow Irish audiences the opportunity to enjoy some of the best new and classic Arab films ever made. The festival, which has been presented and supported since its inception by Dubai Duty Free, has had some very high-profile actors, filmmakers and celebrities involved with it over the years.
This year, the festival has included several films which explore the lives of Arab women who are often restricted by the confines of their own families and the society in which they live. These films not only shine a light on the lives of Arab women but also gives audiences the chance to see the work of some of the most prominent female Arab filmmakers.
Palestinian features include two fantastic feature films Emwas: Restoring memories and Roshmia, a feature documentary by Salim AuJabal Emwas: Restoring memories is a personal film that follows the journey of the director, Dima Abu Ghoush, as she rebuilds her demolished hometown from the memories of its people.
One of the highlights of the festival this year is the film, Chaïbia, directed by Youssef Britel which tells the true store of Chaïbia Talal, the famous Moroccan painter who spends her childhood and adolescence in poverty. Illiterate and poor her life is cruel and hard. She was married and widowed with a child by the age of 15 after her family forced her to marry a 70-year-old man. The artist, whose colourful and abstract works have been likened to those of Pablo Picasso is considered to be one of the greatest Moroccan painters of the 20th century. Her style depicted women through vibrant displays of colour and established her as one of Morocco’s most well-known and respected artists. This movie is screened for the francophone audience in Ireland, free of charge.
Jim Sheridan, DAFF President said, “The medium of film provides us with an escape mechanism and in these strange times it’s important to be able to escape, even in our minds and even if just for a short time. We were very hopeful to have the event in person this year, but unfortunately due to Covid it is once again a virtual affair. However, even though people can’t few these films in person in the cinema our films can still be enjoyed online by our virtual audience from the comfort of their own home. We hope DAFF, its films and the stories and people they portray will continue to inspire audiences and help bring a welcome and creative distraction from the current situation.” Zahara Moufid, DAFF Director added, “The main goal of the festival this year is to give a voice to Arab women and to female Arab filmmakers, we hope the films and the stories they tell will let their work be seen and their voices be heard”.
For more information please see www.dublinarabicfilmfestival.com
Films cost €7 per film, or a digital season pass can be purchased from the DAFF website for €15.