Dubai: The Dubai International Film Festival will have a distinct Indian flavour this year, with movies by Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Mira Nair finding a place in a specially-created section for films from the country.
The fourth edition of DIFF, running from December 9 to 16, starts with the unveiling of ‘A Celebration of Indian Cinema´, a separate segment for the first time.
“This year, DIFF has created a separate programme for Indian cinema as it is a country with a vast supply of thriving and creative regional films. Its geographic size is an indication of the diversity of the films it produces year round,” Festival artistic director, Masoud Amralla Al Ali said.
The segment will also give filmmakers from centres such as Chennai, Calcutta and Kerala to have a bigger platform to showcase their work, he said.
Simon Field, DIFF’s artistic director, International Programming, said, “Indian cinema is indeed rich and diverse and we particularly thought it deserved its own section in the festival because of the large and enthusiastic Indian public here in Dubai.”
AIDS JAAGO, an artistic collaboration between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and filmmaker Mira Nair and her company Mirabai Films, presents four short films by some of India’s best contemporary directors that hopes to dismantle many of the myths and misconceptions that surround HIV/AIDS in India.
These include Santosh Sivan’s ‘Prarambha´: The beginning; Farhan Akhtar ‘s ‘Positive´; Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Blood Brothers´ and Mira Nair’s ‘Migration´.