27 Jun 2013 11:00
Etihad Airwayscontinues to support the international promotion of Arabic arts and culture by again sponsoring the Arab Film Festival Australia in 2013.
This year’s program showcases diverse stories from
the Arab world with screenings of 11 high-quality films by Arab filmmakers from
Algeria, Australia, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine
and Saudi Arabia.
The festival opened in Sydney this evening and will
tour two other Australian cities – Canberra and Melbourne – in July.
Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive
Officer James Hogan said the airline was proud to be entering its sixth year of
“As the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways is
committed to bringing modern Arabic culture to the world and to showcase the
work of gifted Arab filmmakers from diverse communities and perspectives.
“We are particularly pleased to make a small but important contribution
to making Arabic stories more accessible to Australians through the medium of
Arab Film Festival Australia co-director Fadia Abboud said the festival
organisers were excited to be working with Etihad Airways once again to promote
Arab cinema in Australia.
“Etihad Airways connects Arab culture and experiences with the world, so
it was a natural fit for us to work with the airline to bring Arab storytelling
to Australian audiences.
“We anticipate that this year’s festival will bring together diverse
audiences and will create a space for issues to be debated, discussed and explored
for their artistic, political and social impacts.”
The festival is produced by Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) and
driven by an organising committee representing Australia’s diverse
Arabic-speaking communities and cultures.
For more information about the festival visit www.arabfilmfestival.com.au