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DIFF films to debut in Paris

Still from ‘London in a Headscarf’ by Mariam Al Sarkal.

A selection of work will make its debut in Paris, supported by the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), at IMA’GIMA “Arab Cinemas Encounter”. This festival of Arab cinema is organised for the first time by the Society CommNprod International and the Arab World Institute (IMA) in Paris.

This Avant-Première edition’s programme supported by DIFF, will be screened at the IMA Rafik Hariri  Auditorium 21-25 September. A combination of features and shorts from emerging filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa will be screened to an international audience.

Artistic director of DIFF, Masoud Amralla Al Ali, said: “Expanding the visibility of Arab films is crucial and it’s encouraging to see such a strong presence of Arab filmmakers making an impression at festivals all around the world this year. We are proud to be a part of IMA’GIMA’s preview and showcase the creativity and excellence from the MENA and Gulf to new audiences and develop opportunities to encourage film production and further develop relationships between France and the Arab world.”

Director of Society CommNprod International, Nayla Khalek, said: “We are delighted Dubai International Film Festival is supporting IMA’GIMA. We share the same objectives and the same aspirations when it comes to the future of Arab cinema and its presence in the world.  Encouraging young Arab filmmakers while preciously preserving our traditional cinema are key reasons for creating this partnership between DIFF and IMA’GIMA.”

The first edition of IMA’GIMA “Arab Cinema Encounters” will showcase a total of 32 works over five days.