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World Premiere of motor racing documentary, Speed Sisters, to open Doha Film Institute’s second annual Ajyal Youth Film Festival

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World Premiere of motor racing documentary, Speed Sisters, to open Doha Film Institute’s second annual Ajyal Youth Film Festival


4128The second annual Ajyal Youth Film Festival, presented by the Doha Film Institute, will open on December 1 with the world premiere of Speed Sisters by Amber Fares, a thrilling, action-packed and insightful documentary about the Middle East’s first all-woman motor racing team.

Raising the curtain on the festival’s second edition, Speed Sisters takes viewers inside the West Bank’s streetcar motor racing scene where we follow a group of young Palestinian women brought together by their desire to live life on their own terms. The debut feature by Lebanese-Canadian director, Amber Fares, takes an intimate look at the lives of its five subjects and what motivates them to compete as they challenge social expectations, community politics and family dynamics while also facing restrictions of movement by the Israeli military occupation.

The film was developed with the support of the Sundance Institute and Doha Film Institute’s grants programme, along with a variety of international film funds and hundreds of crowdfunding backers around the world.

Fatma Al Remaihi, Festival Director and Acting CEO of Doha Film Institute, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to present the world premiere of Speed Sisters in Doha at the opening night of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival. It is a film that took us by surprise – a first feature by an exciting new director that depicts a very different aspect of life in Palestine than what we are accustomed to seeing on screen.

“Speed Sisters captures the passion and determination these young women have for their sport, as well as the great sense of personal freedom, camaraderie and positivity that motor racing brings to their lives.

“Our festival is dedicated to bringing generations together through cinema, and Speed Sisters is a wonderful example of a film that explores some of the questions and challenges faced by young people in our region around notions of tradition and modernity.”

The director, Amber Fares, will be in attendance for the opening night along with a delegation of the film’s cast and crew.

Amber Fares said: “We have spent five years in Palestine bringing this story to the screen and I am very excited that Doha will mark the start of our festival journey. Speed Sisters is a story about five fiercely determined women and their drive to break through the obstacles in their lives in order to stay true to themselves and their dreams.

We felt it was a perfect fit to launch our film at this youth-oriented event in the Middle East in order to celebrate the energy, hopes and creativity of young people in the region. We are honored to be opening the second edition of the festival.”

Previously announced titles for the festival include the closing night gala which will feature the Middle East premiere of ‘Kahlil Gibran’s the Prophet’, the animated adaptation of Gibran’s beloved book which world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last month. Produced by Salma Hayek and made with support from the Institute’s co-financing programme, the film features the work of nine renowned animators who each depict a chapter from the book. Emirati filmmaker and creator of the popular Freej series, Mohammed Saeed Harib, is among the nine directors.

The full festival programme will be announced early November.

The Ajyal Youth Film Festival builds on the Doha Film Institute’s history of community-based programming. Ajyal, meaning ‘generations’ in Arabic, invites people of all ages to come together to discuss cinema through events that inspire creative interaction, opening up a fun, collaborative environment where young people can express themselves. Driven with the goal to inspire and create, Ajyal has been designed to empower the region’s youth and to inspire film enthusiasts of all ages in Qatar and the region.

The second annual Ajyal Youth Film Festival will take place from December 1 – 6 at Katara Cultural Village. The programme consists of daily public screenings of local and international films; family days; special events and exhibitions; the Sandbox interactive digital playground; school screenings; and the Doha Film Experience - Ajyal’s youth jury, where hundreds of young people between the ages of 8 and 21 will watch and discuss shorts and features and decide on the winning films.

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Exploring art in Dubai, trial of Iraqi mercenary and zombie tale make world premiere at 5th GFF’s Official Feature Competition

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Exploring art in Dubai, trial of Iraqi mercenary and zombie tale make world premiere at 5th GFF’s Official Feature Competition


9 films make to the final selection for the festival’s prestigious competition

293Dubai, UAE; April 9, 2012: The final short-list of nine feature films and documentaries vying for the Official Gulf Feature competition at the fifth Gulf Film Festival has three world premieres that include the story of three artists exploring the artistic identity of Dubai; an evocative tale on Saeid Jaf, a mercenary commander of the Iraqi Baath Party; and a scary thriller about a road journey that goes awry when the motorists encounter a group of zombies.

GFF 2012 is being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), from April 10 to 16 at Dubai Festival City and from April 12 to 14 at the Abu Dhabi Theatre on the corniche. All the screenings are free for the public.

Glitter Dust: Finding Art in Dubai, directed by Katy Chung, tries to discover the real artists behind the dazzle of the city’s art scene. The documentary follows three artists who seek truth from artificiality as they probe the artists behind the flash of Dubai. Delightful hand-drawn animations interplay with live footage in this work, where art and life are intertwined.

Director Taha Karimi’s I Am A White Mercenary is a biopic on Saeid Jaf, a mercenary commander of the Iraqi Baath Party, standing on trial in the new Iraqi court. Jaf is accused of being part of the Al-Anfal campaign, when more than 180,000 Kurds were killed and many more villages and families were displaced over a three-year long offensive. The film aims to present a new perspective of the incidents.

From Qatar is the science fiction feature Lockdown: Red Moon Escape by Mohammed Al Ibrahim and Ahmed Al Baker. The film is about Mishal and Rashid’s road trip, which goes awry when they encounter a group of zombies. One becomes a casualty and the other must prove his innocence – but will anyone believe his tale of zombies?

The story of an underground blogger makes its international premiere at the festival. Ja’far Abd al-Hamid’s feature film Mesocafe explores the life of an Iraqi underground blogger who travels to London to campaign against UN sanctions on his country and highlight their consequences on the nation. The story takes a twist when Yusif encounters members of the Iraqi community at Mesocafe, and also meets the beautiful Bisan.

GFF’s opening film, the Kuwaiti feature, Tora Bora, is also competing in the Official Gulf Features competition. Directed by Walid Al Awadi, the film revolves around a brainwashed young man’s decision to join extremist forces in Afghanistan, and his parents’ agonized search for him. It makes its international debut at the festival.

Other selections include: Another UAE premiere, Red Heart, the heartwarming Kurdish love story about two teenagers who try to unite against all odds, directed by Halkawt Mustafa; Amal, Emirati director Nujoom Al Ghanem’s award-winning look at the pull of the UAE for expatriates; the heartbreaking Iraqi documentary Halabja – The Lost Children by Akram Hidou; and Haider Rashid’s world music documentary Silence: All Roads Lead to Music.

GFF 2012, to screen 155 films from 40 countries, will be held at the InterContinental Hotel, Crowne Plaza and Grand Festival Cinemas at Dubai Festival City; and from April 12 to 14 at the Abu Dhabi Theatre. The Investment Corporation of Dubai is the presenting sponsor of the Gulf Film Festival; Emirates airline is its official carrier. GFF is supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and held in association with Dubai Studio City.  More details and updates on the festival are available online at www.gulffilmfest.com or at www.facebook.com/gulffilmfestival, www.youtube.com/gulffilmfestor @gulffilmfest on Twitter.




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World Premiere of Audi S Models at the IAA 2011

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World Premiere of Audi S Models at the IAA 2011


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Dubai, September 06, 2011 – Audi will present its new S models for the first time at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show (IAA). The new Audi S models are powered by a new engine - a four-liter, twin-turbo V8, which combines ample power with low fuel consumption in keeping with the times.

The S6 and S7 use the 420 hp version of the new 4.0 TFSI. The twin-turbo V8 provides a constant 550 Nm of torque from 1,400 to 5,300 rpm. It accelerates the S6 and S7 from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and 4.9 seconds respectively. The Audi S8 is the new head of the Audi S model family. Its new 4.0 TFSI generates no less than 520 hp and delivers a constant 650 Nm of torque between 1,700 and 5,500 rpm. The result is outstanding performance: The sprint from zero to 100 km/h takes just 4.2 seconds. With all three models, the electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h is just a formality.

The 4.0 TFSI brings Audi’s downsizing strategy to the high-performance class. The new S6 for example offers even sportier performance compared to the engine in the previous model while reducing fuel consumption by as much as 25 percent. Average fuel consumption in the S6 and S7 is just 9.7 liters per 100 km. The S8 averages just 10.2 liters per 100 km, much less than its competitors and a decrease of nearly 23 percent to the previous model despite a 70 hp increase in output.

Behind the top values for the new Audi S Models are the combined technologies of the Audi modular efficiency platform, including the recuperation and start-stop systems. The newly developed “cylinder on demand” technology plays a particularly large role. Under part load, it deactivates four of the eight cylinders for an efficiency gain that is particularly pronounced at moderate highway speeds. A package of acoustic measures including the Active Noise Cancellation system suppresses possible intrusive noise and vibrations.

Much of this groundbreaking efficiency can be attributed to the vehicles’ lightweight body. The hybrid aluminum construction of the S6 and S7 weighs roughly 15 percent less than a comparable all-steel body. The ASF (Audi Space Frame) is made almost entirely of aluminum, saving around 100 kilograms compared to a conventional steel construction. The Audi ultra-lightweight construction allows weight to be reduced in other areas as well, such as the chassis.

The new Audi S6, S7 and S8 shine with craftsman-like fit and finish, generous standard equipment and a range of high-end equipment options. Subtle yet eye-catching details on the exterior and interior signal the top position in the model series.

New to the S family is the parking system with 360° camera. Four small cameras record images of the sedan’s immediate surroundings and a computer splices them together. The driver can call up a variety of views on the MMI monitor, including a virtual top-down view. The system enhances safety while maneuvering and in narrow driveways. Special views allow the driver to see cross-traffic.

The new Audi S models will be launched in the Middle East in summer 2012.


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