Arab movies shined at CANNES Film Festival 2011, thanks to DOHA FILM INSTITUTE

With the occasion of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Doha Film Institute made its mark with organizing, one of the major events during the festival, the after party for the ”Where Do We Go Now” movie by Lebanese Director and Actress Nadine Labaki. The event was attended by many celebrities including: designer Stephane Rolland, H.E. Sheikh Jabor Bin Yousuf Al Thani, composer Khaled Mouzanar etc.

After the 2007 hit Caramel, Labaki returns with another movie she’s directing. Set in a religiously mixed village, the movie is about a group of people trying to preserve their town in the midst of inter-religious tension. The town’s location is never mentioned, probably wanting to make the movie apply to anywhere in the Middle East where you have diversity.

Doha Film Institute set up its own pavillion at Cannes and hosted the event which marked Egypt as the first ever guest country honoured at Cannes Film Festival. A series of Egyptian art movies was screened by Doha Film Institute at the Cannes Classics section.

Founded by H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Doha Film Institute is an umbrella organisation bringing all of Qatar’s various film initiatives under a single banner. DFI is dedicated to film appreciation, education, and building a dynamic film industry in Qatar that focuses on nurturing regional storytellers while being entirely global in its scope. With culture, community, education and entertainment at its foundation, DFI serves as an all-encompassing film hub in Doha, as well as a resource for the region and the rest of the world.

You can watch an exclusive interview with Director / Actress Nadine Labaki at CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2011 by CINEMOI TV here