Festival lines up docu competish

ROME — The Dubai Film Festival has assembled a rich roster of docus about the post Arab Spring world, which will unspool in its competitive Muhr Arab Documentaries section.

Eight world preems, among 15 feature-length titles competing for the section’s top nod, include “Scream,” about women’s activism in Yemen by Yemeni helmer Khadijah Al-Salami; Lebanese director Farah Kassem’s “My Father Looks like Abdelnasser,” about a father/daughter bond; and French director Karim Goury’s “Man Inside,” about a son who revisits the last place his father was seen alive, 22 years ago in Kuwait City.

Among entries making their Middle East preems will be “Dance of Outlaws” by Moroccan helmer Mohamed El Aboudi, about a woman who loses her right to officially exist after being sexually abused, and Lebanese helmer Eliane Raheb’s civil war-themed “Sleepless Nights,” which took the Cinema in Motion nod at San Sebastian.

“This year’s documentaries explore the struggle between what is static and what is changing, and the effect this has on those living in the Arab world, particularly women,” said the fest’s artistic topper Masoud Amralla Al Ali. Fest’s Muhr section is dedicated to driving Middle East talent.

The ninth edition of the fest will run Dec. 9-16.

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