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DFI, India’s MAMI to celebrate Qatar India 2019 through showcase of films

DFI, India’s MAMI to celebrate Qatar 
India 2019 through showcase of films

Santhosh Chandran
Doha Film Institute (DFI) has announced its cultural partnership with the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI), India’s leading platform for cinematic disruption and discovery, to celebrate Qatar India 2019 Year of Culture.
As part of the exchange, a special Made in Qatar film will be screened at 2019 Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star and a selection of short Indian films, will be reciprocally screened at the 7th Ajyal Film Festival 2019 in Doha. MAMI will also nominate two Indian jurors to participate in the annual event that brings people of all generations together to celebrate the magic of cinema.
Additionally, Qatari talents will have the opportunity to interact with Indian talents at the next MAMI to showcase their creativity and present stories from Qatar, while Indian films will be invited to DFI Cinema’s year-round screening programmes in Doha.
More details on the partnership will be announced throughout the year.
Chief Executive Officer of the Doha Film Institute Fatma Hassan al Remaihi said, “The cultural and business connections between Qatar and India are historic. The Qatar India 2019 Year of Culture recognises the contribution of the Indian community to Qatar and reinforces the deep cultural relationship between our nations. As a cinematic powerhouse, India has always been a dominant influence in Qatar, where Indian films have not only entertained us but also helped us celebrate and explore common values between each of our cultures, breaking down barriers and opening minds”.
Creative Director, Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) Smriti Kiran said, “Just like DFI, MAMI also believes in a single world connected by stories and empathy. A culture year that focuses on India, bringing two cultures, two countries together by film is the first big step in the long relationship we hope to forge with DFI to discover new talent in each other’s countries and present them to the world.”
Qatar India 2019 Year of Culture is dedicated to connecting people in Qatar and India by exploring the contemporary and traditional cultures of both countries, through innovative cultural exchange activities, exhibitions, festivals and educational programmes. These activities will showcase the unique aspects of each nation and enable citizens and institutions across borders to create long lasting partnerships and strengthen bilateral relations.