Wonderful festival programing so far! It’s been a round-the-clock happening: from morning trips to the Burj Khalifa through the midnight Gulf Nights discussion sessions and beyond. Gérard Courant’s Cinématon is mesmerizing on a large screen, and Gérard has been busily collecting more portraits for the ever-evolving film. We really liked the shorts programs.
Mahya Soltani’s Sweet and Sour Like a Pomegrante from the UAE and Iran uses wonderful stop motion animation to relate a personal tale of growing up. Through shifting shapes of colorful paper, Iran becomes a nostalgic home, a contradiction, a question mark, and a revolutionary hope–one after another and all at the same time. The handmade animation offers a nice contrast to the digital effects of We Will Become Oil and Body Memory, which explored issues of loneliness, transformation, and escape.
Other highlights for us so far include: