The Abu Dhabi Diaries: Making the Impossible Possible, for Great World Cinema

November 3, 2014 1:02 PM

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After all is said and done, the movie screenings finished, the red carpets rolled away and the party venues dismantled, what should a film festival leave a cinema lover with? If the event is the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, and the cinema lover yours truly, it has the power to change the world -- my world. And somehow that's enough, because the filmmakers whose masterpieces were showcased this year in Abu Dhabi confirmed for me that the power of one can be way stronger than we all imagine.

So now I'm not only an idealist to my critics, but also an individualist. OK, I'll accept that label, but only if it gives me a free pass to exalt the power of cinema. Arab cinema, which slowly but surely is coming into its own, finding new ways to tell the stories of the region, and bypassing tradi...

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