The sixth annual Dublin Arabic Film Festival (DAFF) Presented by Dubai Duty Free and curated by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jim Sheridan, Festival Director Zahara Moufid and the Irish Film Institute (IFI) opened last night (4th Oct) at the IFI in Temple Bar, Dublin.
200 guests were treated to an exclusive red-carpet reception which was attended by Jim Sheridan, Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones, The Wind That Shakes the Barley) filmmaker and DAFF Festival Director, Zahara Moufid and Moroccan film producer, Khadija Alami (The Exorcist, Captain Phillips, Aquaman). Sinead El Sibai, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Dubai Duty Free flew in from the United Arab Emirates to represent the presenting sponsor of the festival, Dubai Duty Free. The airport retailer has been the presenting sponsor of DAFF since its inception in 2014 when legendary actor, Omar Sharif officially opened the festival. Also, in attendance were several ambassadors and business people from the Arab world, and representatives of the Arab Irish Chamber who also have a long association with DAFF.
Guests enjoyed a drinks reception on the red carpet before being invited to a private screening of the opening movie of the festival, The Reports on Sarah and Saleem, Muayad Alayan’s drama centred on the clandestine affair between a Palestinian deliveryman and an Israeli cafe owner.
After the screening a VIP party was held for guests at the private St. Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club. Guests enjoyed wines supplied by Findlater & Co. and sampled exquisite Arabic supper bowls which included lamb tagine and Moroccan spiced vegetables served with couscous.
The festival continues until Sunday, October 6th.
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