The Abu Dhabi Diaries: From A to B, with Great Arab Cinema in Between

October 27, 2014 11:25 AM

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The Abu Dhabi Diaries: From A to B, with Great Arab Cinema in Between

This year, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival feels extra special. It may be because of some very successful titles that their SANAD fund has supported, which screened to sold-out, standing ovation audiences in other festivals around the world (best example, the dream-project Theeb); the coming of age of a film festival which has accepted wholeheartedly their couture niche for showcasing groundbreaking Arab cinema; and my own dream come true, being on the Netpac jury, along with Vietnamese master filmmaker Đặng Nhật Minh and NYU Abu Dhabi New Media and Film professor Dale Hudson (pictured below). Whatever it is, probably a combination of all, it has created for me the perfect storm of film festival excitement, and there are not enough hours in the days to watch everything, meet everyone and attend all the fabulous parties.

Where to start? Well, From A To B -- ADFF's opening night film -- may be a good spot. Ali Mostafa's highly anticipated buddy road movie across the deserts of Saudi Arabia and Jordan held promise, but there had been so many changes in production since the film's announcement at Cannes 2013 that I was...

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