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The best of Arab Short Films in DTFF12

Mostafa Sheshtawy

This year in the Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2012, there was a competition of the Arab Short Films. 13 films contributed in three themes, Hope springs, Awakening and Intimate Journeys.

I watched all 13 films, and I think they were all good, and the short films are getting better and boldier. The filmmakers are challenging the social and political obstacles in their home countries in most of the films. Some issues are “red line” but still they were well portrayed to deliver the message.

The Arab Revolutions took a small part in the short films. Only two films mentioned the revolutions, Syrian and Tunisian, directly, yet both were very artistic. The first was just a short clip of Hafez Al Assad talking to a syrian asutronaud while in the background his statue is falling down, and the second was a cartoon. Also one film mentioned the Palestinian conflict, it was…

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