ADFF Is a Film Lover’s Dream Come True

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Fall is my favorite time of year, because it’s when great film festivals begin blooming in the Arabian Gulf, just as autumn leaves drop off trees across Europe and the US. A great trio of events kicks off with the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in October, followed by the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in November and ending with Dubai International Film Festival in December. For a movie lover with strong sense of respect for the elegance of the Arab world, it’s the season dreams really do come true! Last year’s edition of the festival was a personal highlight and I know I won’t be disappointed by expecting even more this time around.

2012-10-03-ADFFDirectorcopy.jpg This year there is a sense of endless possibilities in the air at ADFF, with the festival’s new artistic director Ali Al Jabri at the helm. The Emirates are hardly a part of the world touched directly by the Arab Spring, and yet if we were to look for an Emirati Spring, it would be the movement that reclaims this part of the world’s outstandingly brilliant culture and shares it more deeply, more globally. Al Jabri honors with his presence one of the region’s most stellar organization by being true to its demographics, heritage and filmmaking craft.

The upcoming sixth edition of the festival will also mark its first year under giant media conglomerate TwoFour54 – the government-backed media and creative industries hub in Abu Dhabi. TwoFour54 has been responsible for bringing Hollywood blockbusters to the emirate and has made it a cinematic force to be reckoned within the region and beyond.

Check out the rest of this article, as well as my top ten picks for the festival on the Huffington Post. N-joy!

All images courtesy of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, used with permission

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