The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) which opened Thursday 29 November with a red carpet extravaganza and a unique free 3000 seat open-air auditorium screening at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) also comes today digital to the rest of the world.
YouTube writes on their official blog that they turned the YouTube Screening Room over to the expert curators at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, who have put together a lineup of five films (four shorts and one feature), selected to highlight diverse filmmaking voices with a strong Middle Eastern connection. Each of these films possesses the ability to entertain and to educate, and we hope that after watching you’ll feel compelled to continue the conversation by commenting on, sharing and rating those that move you. Here’s the details:
“Clear Cut, Simple,” directed by Vineet Dewan, is based on a true story about an American soldier in Iraq, torn between his duty to the military and his friendship with his Iraqi interpreter. “Eclipse,” directed by Mark Lapwood, is a meditative visual journey featuring stunning images of Mumbai. “Itmanna: Make A Wish,” directed by Cherien Dabis, explores the tensions of a politically charged environment through the prism of a young girl’s quest to buy a birthday cake. “The North Road,” directed by Carlos Chahine, tracks a middle-aged man’s return to his home country of Lebanon to deal with his father’s remains. And “Ramchand Pakistani,” a feature film directed by Mehreen Jabbar, is based on a true story about a Pakistani Hindu family’s accidental crossing of the Pakistani-Indian border in 2002.
The Doha’s first international film festival will celebrate the best of Arabic and international cinema. Its ongoing aim will be to inspire, engage and educate a new generation of cinema appreciation locally; discover, mentor and fund regional filmmaking talent; foster a community through art and entertainment; and encourage open discussion and debate.