Oscar-nominated Lebanese director Nadine Labaki is scheduled to attend and take part in a discussion at Dubai's first Al Marmoom: Film in the Desert festival, a four-day event which kicks off today.
She will take part in a discussion session on Thursday, March 5 at 5pm. She is among the industry professionals participating at the festival that also includes Ali Hatem, Jamal Al Sherif and Mohammed Saeed Harib.
The festival, which takes place at Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, will include screenings of both Emirati and international films, workshops and panel discussions.
Among the films showing is Sharp Tools, a documentary film by Emirati director Nujoom Al Ghanem, You Will Die at 20 by Sudanese director Amjad Abu Alala and Oscar-nominated film Theeb by Naji Abu Nowar.
Here's a schedule of the films being shown:
Wednesday March 4
To My Dear With Love (7.30pm)
Dunya's Day (8pm, screening at Cinema Akil)
Sharp Tools (8.30pm)
Thursday March 5:
Emirati Shorts Selection II (7pm)
Lion of the Desert (8.05pm)
Friday March 6
Emirati Shorts Selection I (7pm)
Mad Max: The Road Warrior (9.40pm)
Saturday March 7
You Will Die At Twenty (6.45pm)
The Letter Writer (10.30pm)
Al Marmoom: Film in the Desert starts on Wednesday, March 4 and runs until Saturday, March 7. For more information, visit dubaiculture.gov.ae