Real life indeed can inspire compelling cinema narratives as Noise from India, State of Violence from South Africa and Mandoo from Iraq highlights at the seventh Dubai International Film Festival.
Director Khalo Matabane’s ‘State of Violence,’ is a hard-hitting drama set in the violent underbelly of modern South Africa. A rising star of the black business elite, Bobedi returns home after an evening celebrating his promotion to CEO of a large mining company. 'State Of Violence' resonates with suspense, intrigue and powerful social comment. The film will be screened Wednesday, Dec. 15, 7pm at Cinestar 1, the MoE; and on Dec. 18, 10.30pm at Cinestar 7.
An exhilarating and politically powerful road movie by Ebrahim Saeedi, ‘Mandoo’ tells the poignant tale of a family ripped apart by conflict. As a small Kurdish girl, Sheelan emigrated with her parents to Sweden, leaving behind her extended family and the turmoil of life in Saddam-era Iraq. After 20 years, Sheelan, a successful doctor in Sweden returns to Iraq and finds her family. In order to fulfill his old uncle’s dying wish to return to his childhood homeland of Iranian Kurdistan. The film will be screened today (Dec.15), 10.15 pm; and on Dec. 16, 2.30 pm at Cinestar 12.
Preeti Desai and Sendhil Ramamurthy in Noise
From India is a fresh, invigorating slice of contemporary storytelling, 'Noise' which exudes the energy, chaos and sheer noise of its featured city, Mumbai. In this darkly comic drama by Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru, we plunge into the heart of Mumbai during a festival, rendering the city into a state of overdrive. The film screens today (Dec. 15), 6.30pm at Cinestar 2 and on Dec. 18, 12.15pm at Cinestar 1.