The IFI’s Dublin Arabic Film Festival 2019 Announces Line-Up

The sixth annual Dublin Arabic Film Festival (DAFF) will open on Friday, October 4 at the Irish Film Institute (IFI) in the capital’s Temple Bar.

Curated by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jim Sheridan and festival director Zahara Moufid, DAFF will run until Sunday, October 6. This year, acclaimed actor Liam Cunningham (Game of ThronesHungerThe Wind That Shakes the Barley) will be the event’s inaugural festival patron.

2019’s DAFF features five films at the IFI. This includes curtain-raiser The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (pictured), Muayad Alayan’s drama centred on the clandestine affair between a Palestinian deliveryman and an Israeli cafe owner.

Meanwhile, Stephanie Brockhaus and Andreas Wolff’s documentary about Saudi poet Hissa Hilal, The Poetess, and Soudade Kaadan’s Syrian drama The Day I Lost My Shadow will screen on Saturday 5. The final two festival films, The Tower from director Mats Grorud and Nour Eddine Lakhmari’s Burnout, will hit the big screen on Sunday 6.

Burnout will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Nour Eddine Lakhmari and producer Khadija Alami. As part of the festival, there will also be a free screening of Nora Twomey’s Oscar-nominated animation The Breadwinner at Chester Beatty library at 14.00 on Saturday 5.

DAFF has proved to be a great success since its inaugural year in 2014 when movie great Omar Sharif opened the festival. Over the past four years, DAFF has attracted dedicated flim fans, directors and actors from all over the world including Dubai, Egypt and Morocco.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the IFI’s website. To see the full DAFF line-up, scroll below.


Friday, October 4th
20.20     The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (IFI)

Saturday, October 5th
14.00     The Breadwinner (Chester Beatty Library)
15.30     The Poetess (IFI)
17.30     The Day I Lost My Shadow (IFI)

Sunday, October 6th
13.20     The Tower (IFI)
15.20    Burnout + Q&A (IFI)

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