Dubai Film Festival announces films from Asia and Africa

Hollywood actress Thandie Newton famously described her latest historical drama Half Of A Yellow Sun as "Nigeria's Gone With The Wind". The 10th edition of Dubai International Film Festival will showcase the lavish screen telling of Nigeria's 1960s civil war, by Biyi Bandele, as a part of its lineup for the AsiaAfrica out-of-competition segment.

"The films selected for this year's AsiaAfrica programme will enthrall audiences with their gripping storylines, brave and poignant themes, and moving performances. This segment is about providing access to a truly global box office," said Nashen Moodley, director of the AsiaAfrica programme, in a statement.

This year, you can also watch the adventure that has dominated the Chinese box office, Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon.

Directed by 2008 DIFF Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Tsui Hark, the film is an action-packed thriller set in the seventh century Tang dynasty, where Dee Ranjie, a provincial magistrate, is appointed by the Empress to stop a sea dragon that is ravaging the Imperial City. Slaying dragons not your thing? Try relationship comedy Instant Mommy by first-time writer/director Leo Abaya, starring Filipino actress Eugene Domingo. It brings to life the story of Bechayda, a commercial wardrobe assistant who finds herself two months pregnant. Desperate not to lose her Japanese lover and dreaming of a better life, she hatches a plan.

From South Africa, the controversial film The Disturbing Of Good Report will be screened at this year's Diff. The drama depicts the dark side of a rural township when a new teacher at a local school has an affair with one of his students.

Sang-Il Lee brings his Samurai adaptation of Clint Eastwood's 1992 film Unforgiven, with Japanese star Ken Watanabe (Inception, The Last Samurai) taking on the Eastwood role as an aging warrior who comes out of retirement for one last time to hunt down the men who have brutalised a local prostitute.

Diff's tenth edition will take place from December 6 to 14. For the schedule, log on to www.dubaifilmfest.com.

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