Dublin International Arab Film Festival returns in early December

The ninth edition of the Dublin International Arab Film Festival (DAFF), founded by Moroccan filmmaker Zahara Moufid and director Jim Sheridan, will take place in early December 2022, festival organizers have announced. This is the first festival of its kind in Ireland.

According to Zahara Moufid, founder of the Dublin Arab Film Festival, “The main objective of the festival is to give a voice to Arab women and Arab filmmakers, we hope that the films and the stories they tell will allow their work to be seen and their voice to be heard”.

Created in 2014, the Festival has seen the participation of big names in Arab film, including Omar Sharif who launched the inaugural edition. This mass of Arab film in Ireland was also supported by actress Fionnuala Flanagan, singer Damien Dempsey and Liam Cunningham of “Game of Throne”.

The Irish, Sinead El Sibai, marketing vice-president of Dubai Duty Free, also supported the festival by sponsoring it.

Moroccan Zahara Moufid also indicated that this festival was also intended to convey a beautiful image of the Kingdom, to highlight Arab culture, but also to introduce the Western public in general, and Irish in particular, to the Moroccan and Arab cinema.

In previous statements, the director said she was “very proud” of this event, also stressing that a 100% Moroccan Red Carpet could be set up, making Morocco the guest of honor.

It was by realizing that there was no festival in Ireland dedicated to Arab films that Zahara Moufid had the idea of ​​organizing one, allowing Westerners to get to know Moroccan culture.

Happy with the success of this event, she recalls that since the very first edition where the late Omar Cherif was present, all those that followed were a success.

With Jim Sheridan, Zahara Moufid founded this event after having worked as a director, producer, actress and screenwriter in several productions. She is known for “Pappy” (2019), “Shelter Me” (2018), “Inside Apollo House” (2017), “The Count of Monte Cristo” (2002), “11th Hour” (2017) and “Get Rich Golden Die Tyrin” (2005). “The secret scripture” (2016). “Murder at the cottage” (2021).

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