Abu Dhabi/Dubai, UAE – July 25, 2011
ADFF @ The Pavilion Downtown Dubai continues its well-received film series next month throughout the holy month of Ramadan featuring three films that reflect on such environmental issues as ecological activism and mankind’s tenuous relationship with nature. Environmental awareness has consistently been an important theme at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, and ADFF’s “What in the World Are We Doing to Our World?” includes films that draw attention both to the dire problems facing our planet and to the people who strive to protect it. With one narrative feature and two insightful documentaries, this installment of ADFF @ The Pavilion Downtown Dubai enables audiences to appreciate these powerful, poignant, and highly topical films.
Screening Schedule: During the holy month of Ramadan, screenings will run every day from Sunday, August 7, through Tuesday, August 16, inclusive and will begin promptly at 9 pm.
Sunday, August 7; Monday, August 8; and Tuesday, August 9 @ 9 pm
Alamar (To the Sea) Directed by Pedro Gonzalez Rubio| Italian, Spanish | Mexico | 2009 | 70 min
This modest, achingly beautiful and poetic tale sets the delicate interplay of parent and child against the stunning backdrop of Mexico’s Chinchorro coral reef. A recently divorced man wishes to impart his Mayan heritage to his young son before they must separate for good, so the two embark on a voyage out to sea. The amazingly unobtrusive camera captures the pair’s long sun-soaked days spent spear-fishing and nights sleeping in the stilt-hut community of their elders. Alamar explores with minimalist perfection, the deep bonds people share with each other and with nature.
Wednesday, August 10; Thursday, August 11; and Friday, August 12 @ 9 pm
Jane’s Journey Directed by Lorenz Knauer |English | Germany | 2010 | 107 min
Jane’s Journey is an intimate look at the life of living legend Jane Goodall and a timely call to save the planet she cares so deeply about. Acknowledged as the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall has recently shelved her scientific work to travel and raise awareness of environmental issues. This fascinating documentary explores her brave and revolutionary career, as well as the activism that she considers her most important work to date.
Sunday, August 14; Monday, August 15; and Tuesday, August 16 @ 9 pm
Queen of the Sun: What Are The Bees Telling Us? Directed by Taggart Siegel |Italian, English | USA | 2010 | 82 min
In 1923, scientist Rudolf Steiner predicted that in 80 to 100 years, the honeybee population would collapse. With the advent of Colony Collapse Disorder, that prediction is coming true. In this remarkable exploration of the profound importance of bees in the balance of nature, director Taggart Siegel embarks on a pilgrimage around the world, talking with some of the unsung heroes who are dedicated to the survival of the bees – and indeed, of our own species.
* All non-English language films have English subtitles. Entrance to the screenings is free of charge but seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first served basis. Screenings start promptly at the specified time so please arrive accordingly. During Ramadan, the Café at The Pavilion Downtown Dubai will open every day at 6 pm for Iftar and remain open through to 3 am for Suhoor.
About Abu Dhabi Film Festival
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (formerly the Middle East International Film Festival) was established in 2007, with the aim of helping to create a vibrant film culture throughout the region. Presented each October by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, the event is committed to curating exceptional programs to engage and educate the local community, inspire filmmakers and nurture the growth of the regional film industry.
With its commitment to presenting works by Arab filmmakers in competition alongside those by major talents of world cinema, the Festival offers Abu Dhabi’s diverse and enthusiastic audiences a means of engaging with their own and others’ cultures through the art of cinema. At the same time, a strong focus on the bold new voices of Arab cinema connects with Abu Dhabi’s role as a burgeoning cultural capital in the region and marks the festival as a place for the world to discover and gauge the pulse of recent Arab filmmaking.
About Butheina Hamed Kazim
Kazim is the producer of the independent documentary film Letters to Palestine, which has screened across Palestine and premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) in December 2010. She was a juror for the iEmmys Asia & Africa competition and a curator for an independent films program at the Shelter in Dubai and is currently working on a series for Al Jazeera Documentary Channel.
Kazim represented the UAE at the Berlinale as part of the Abu Dhabi Film Commission delegation attending the European Producers Club Forum, a talent workshop, which invites young and emerging filmmakers from all over the world. Kazim is regular commentator on issues of media, culture and communication and co-hosts Dubai Tonight a radio talk show on Dubai Eye 103.8. Kazim is currently the Strategy & Business Development Manager at Dubai Media Incorporated, which operates six pan-Arab TV channels and other media platforms including print, publishing and radio.
About The Pavilion Downtown Dubai
The Pavilion Downtown Dubai is the city’s newest dedicated non-profit contemporary art space providing a place to view, discuss and participate in works by local and international artists. Developed by the multidivisional group Cultural Engineering, The Pavilion is a unique hub for a diverse range of art events offering a platform to promote an active arts community to the public and to support the work of a rising generation of artists in the region.
The Pavilion’s programming will reinforce its role as a place for artistic discourse, research and education. The building itself reflects a unique interior that supports a dialogue between art and its audience.