Stars line out for Dublin Arabic Film Festival



The opening night of the Dublin Arabic Film Festival (DAFF) presented by Dubai Duty Free and in collaboration with the Irish Film Institute (IFI) took place on Friday 11th of November at the Irish Film Institute, in Temple Bar, Dublin.


Six-time Academy Award nominee Jim Sheridan serves as president of DAFF for the third time along with Festival Director, Zhara Moufid at the helm. The festival commenced with a red carpet drinks reception at the IFI which was followed by a special screening of a short film that Jim Sheridan made especially for the festival called, 11th Hour. The film stars Salma Hayek and tells the story of a bar in New York when the twin towers were attacked and is based on the real-life experience of Irish journalist, Lise Hand.  This was then followed by Clash, the film by acclaimed Egyptian film director, Mohammed Diab and is set at the time of the fall of President Morsi and the ensuing political instability.


Jim Sheridan was joined on the red carpet by U2’s, The Edge, the US Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O’Malley, Sinead El Sibai, Vice President of Marketing of presenting sponsor, Dubai Duty Free, Joe Geoghegan of the Arab Irish Chamber, Ross Keane of the IFI and ambassadors and representatives from the UAE and Egypt.  Other famous faces spotted at the festival included Amy Huberman, former boxer, Bernard Dunne and TV3’s, Elaine Crowley.


After the movie over a hundred VIP guests gathered at the private, Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club for a glamorous post event party. Guests enjoyed a range of wines from Bacchus Vinos and a light supper of traditional fish and chips in cones and curry bowls.


The festival continues over the weekend with five movies being shown at the IFI and two at the Chester Beatty Library. For more information on the Dublin Arabic Film Festival (DAFF) presented by Dubai Duty Free log on to or purchase tickets now at



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