Queen Noor of Jordan will deliver the keynote speech at the sixth edition of the Dubai International Film Festival, and will be joined by Julia Bacha, director of the Cultural Bridge gala film Budrus, Hollywood producer Mike Medavoy and MIT professor Rebecca Saxe.
Shamil Idriss, CEO of Soliya, a non-profit organisation dedicated to empowering young people to use new media tools to advance social change, will moderate the event, which will be held immediately after the screening of Budrus on December 13 at Madinat Arena.
DIFF chairman Abdulhamid Juma said the Cultural Bridge panel is “one of the festival’s principal highlights, providing thought-provoking subjects which strongly resonate with Dubai’s cosmopolitan, culturally-aware audience”.
“We are honoured to have Her Majesty Queen Noor with us this year, and we look forward to a ‘full house’, given her status as an inspirational role model across the Arab world. We are also grateful to the three industry representatives, who will also provide a forum for lively discussion.”
DIFF 2009 will screen 168 films from 55 countries between December 9 and 16, with particular emphasis on Arabia, Asia and Africa. The festival will also see representation from Sudan for the first time.