First Heritage Film Festival in Abu DhabiThis February the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region launched the first open-air film festival of Abu Dhabi - the Heritage Film Festival. From 23 to 26 February 2011 we screened selected Emirati, German and Swiss films at the Heritage Village.
Under the title “Homeland & Identity” the Goethe-Institut introduced the Heritage Film Festival. During four evenings the audience had the opportunity to watch short documentaries and feature films on the perception of identity and “being at home”. This unique blend of Arab and European films has been chosen by our curators Masoud Amralla Al Ali and Philip Bräuer. After each screening film directors and experts engaged in a discussion and answered questions by the audience.
But the Heritage Film Festival is more than just a festival:We gave an opportunity to students of the Higher Colleges of Technology to participate actively. A four-day workshop with German expert Till Brockmann prepared them to lead through the evenings in groups. The best group was chosen by a jury and the group in charge of the third evening was awarded at the end of the festival. Thus Mohamed Abdullah Farah Abdulrahman, Khaled Nabeel Al Shamsi, Ali Abdulla Al Afeefi und Abdullah Mohamed Abu Haleeqa won a Screening Pass of the Abu Dhabi Film Festivals 2011 and a voucher for a German course at the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region.
The Heritage Film Festival 2011 was organised by the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region in close cooperation with the German Embassy, the Swiss Embassy, Dubai International Film Festival, Abu Dhabi Film Festival, the Emirates Heritage Club and the Higher Colleges of Technology.
© Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2011
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