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Syria Cancels Damascus Annual Film Festival

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DAMASCUS- A source at the National Film Organization in Damascus on Monday told DP-News on phone that Damascus International Film Festival 2011 has been officially cancelled. The Source did not give any further information regarding cancellation decision.

Early on Monday, the official SANA news agency also reported that the annual Damascus film festival set for October has been cancelled because of the unrest, according to international media reports about Syria.

On Sep. 14; an informed source at the National Film Organization in Damascus told DP-News “Syria is discussing the proposal about halt or reschedule Damascus annual film festival this year.”



The Damascus International Film Festival (DIFF) is a biannual November film festival hosted by the government of Syria since 1979. The festival was established by the late Syrian film director Muhammad Shahin. It alternates with the Carthage Film Festival. Up to 1999, the festival's competition focused on films from Arab countries, Latin America and Asia. Since 2001 the festival has an international focus.

Syrian cinema was characterized since its inception cutting sensitive and substantive topics, as well as national. And it was away from everything that is purely entertainment and consumer and discussed the concerns of the Arab nationalism and the social and national problems and the autopsy of contemporary life in all its aspects.

The first attempts to produce a Syrian film started in the mid-twenties of twentieth century, in 1927. Photography has been completed and the technical operations of the file in 1928 and presented at the cinema (Alkuzmowerev) which was in (Margay’s square) in Damascus and it was a remarkable success.

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