The Dubai fest kicked into another gear Thursday night as the work week for Emiratis came to a close (their weekend is Friday and Saturday). With a performance by Gloria Estefan at Media City (her husband Emilio Estefan has his doc, 90 Millas, in the fest) and a gala reception highlighting their “Building Cultures” theme that went on until the wee hours, it was a fitting end to my week in Dubai.
Though there were so many things that I wasn’t able to do and places I didn’t have time to visit, during my time here I met friendly people from all over the world, saw engaging films that most people in the States will never see (and that’s very sad) and met the Arab filmmaking community that is driven to make itself known internationally.
Here are some images that recap my time here. A wrap up piece on the fest will be online in a few weeks.
ANOTHER MORNING BEGINS AT THE MADINAT JUMEIRAH RESORT, WHERE GALA SCREENINGS, PRESS CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS TAKE PLACE.
THE BOX OFFICE AT THE MADINAT JUMEIRAH.
THE SMOKE FILLED AND CAFFEINE FUELED PRESS ROOM.
THE MALL OF THE EMIRATES, WHERE MOST OF THE SCREENINGS TOOK PLACE…
… AND HOME OF THE INDOOR SKI SLOPE.
ON THE RED CARPET FOR THE MIRA NAIR PRODUCED, AIDS JAAGO. AND BELOW, PARTYING BOLLYWOOD STYLE AT THE AFTERPARTY.