Cultural Bridge Panel at DIFF

MUMBAI: A panel of distinguished guests will gather on 14 December to participate in the Cultural Bridge Panel, a signature event of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). The Cultural Brigade Panel was founded on the principles exemplified in the DIFF credo, ‘Bridging Cultures, Meeting Minds.’

The Panel, now in its second year, is a forum for the discussion of issues related to cultural understanding and dialogue, and uses cinema as a tool for world peace.

World-renowned author Paulo Coelho will present the keynote lecture at the event. The panelists will include actor-producer-activist Danny Glover who is a recipient of the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award; writer, actor and debut director Rayda Jacobs, and Al Arabia journalist Gisele Khoury. Cameron Baily, Canadian journalist-broadcaster and senior programmer of the Toronto International Film Festival, will moderate the evening.

DIFF Chairman, Abdulhamid Juma said, “The Cultural Bridge Panel is an iconic event for DIFF. For the panel’s second edition, we have invited a rich assembly of guests with very interesting and diverse backgrounds. This meeting of minds will offer DIFF audiences a truly unique festival experience. We welcome one and all to hear and participate in these important discussions.”

Last year’s panel was moderated by Riz Khan of Al Jazeera International, director Oliver Stone, writer-director Julia Bacha, filmmaker Maji-da Abdi, Egyptian film legend Mohammed Khan and UTV founder-CEO Ronnie Screwvala.

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