First Heritage Film Festival in Abu Dhabi

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This February the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region launches the first open-air film festival of Abu Dhabi - the Heritage Film Festival. From 23 to 26 February we screen selected Emirati, German and Swiss films at the Heritage Village.

Under the title “Homeland & Identity” the Goethe-Institut introduces the Heritage Film Festival. During four evenings the audience will have the opportunity to watch short documentaries and feature films on the perception of identity and “being at home”. This unique blend of Arab and European films has been chosen by our curators Masoud Amralla Al Ali and Philip Bräuer. After each screening film directors and experts will engage in a discussion and answer questions by the audience.

But the Heritage Film Festival is more than just a festival:
We give an opportunity to students of the Higher Colleges of Technology to participate actively. A four-day workshop with German expert Till Brockmann will prepare them to lead through the evenings in groups. The best group will be chosen by a jury and awarded at the end of the festival.

The Heritage Film Festival is organised by the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region in close cooperation with the Swiss Embassy, Dubai International Film Festival, Abu Dhabi Film Festival, the Emirates Heritage Club and the Higher Colleges of Technology.

Schedule of The Heritage Film Festival 2011
Opening Night on 23 February 2011, 7:30 pm
“Being Local” by Andreas Steffan (Germany-UAE, 2007, 26 min, in cooperation with Ahmed Al Mazrouei and Nasser Jabber)
“Hopp Schwyz” by Fulvio Bernasconi (Switzerland, 1999, 11 min)
“City of Life” by Ali F. Mostafa (UAE, 2009, 98 min)

Second Film Night on 24 February 2011, 7:30 pm
“Mountain Sheikh” by Naser El Yaqoobi (UAE, 2008, 11 min)
“Who, when, where...” by George Wageh (Switzerland, 1999, 10 min)
“Homeland 3, Episode 1” by Edgar Reitz (Germany, 2004, 100 min)

Third Film Night on 25 February 2011, 7:30 pm
“Dhabyaniyah – Girl from Abu Dhabi” by Sandra Staffl (Germany-UAE, 2008, 23 min, in cooperation with Fatima Helal Mohammed
Al Balooshi and Raweya Abdul Hakeem Al Muflahi)
“Fremd.Yaban” by Hakan Savas Mican (Germany, 2007, 18 min)
“Door” by Waleed Al Shehhi (UAE, 2008, 18 min)
“Madly in Love” by Anna Luif (Switzerland, 2010, 85 min)

Fourth Film Night on 26 February 2011, 7:30 pm
“Once” by Nayla Al Khaja (UAE, 2008, 15 min)
“Mixed up” by Nadia Fares (Switzerland, 1999, 14 min)
“The Kebab Connection” by Anno Saul (Germany, 2005, 96 min)

All films with English subtitles. All screenings at the Heritage Village on Breakwater Island, Abu Dhabi Corniche.

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