Magazine article Screen International

Doha Tribeca Film Festival Opens in Style

Magazine article Screen International

Doha Tribeca Film Festival Opens in Style

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The fourth annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival opened with style and glamour at the weekend with a gala screening of Mira Nair's film The Reluctant Fundamentalist, co-funded by the Doha Film Institute, and a lavish party at the Souq Waquif, one of the city's leading cultural spots.

With the Souq's entrance, close to the Al Najada hotel where many festival events are staged, was decked with Arabian carpets, and following the arrival of Mira Nair and her cast and crew - as well as celebrities raging from Robert De Niro and Egyptian star Khaled Abul Naga through to His Excellency Mr. Hamad bin Abdel Aziz Al Kuwari, Qatar's Minister of Culture - there were performances to entertain the assembled guests from around the world.

Alongside Nair were Mohsin Hamid, the renowned author, whose eponymous book the film is based on; Ami Boghani, script co-writer; Meesha Shafi, musician and actress, and Abu Muhammad and Fariduddin Ayaz, the Qawwal Brothers, who composed the film's soundtrack and who performed at the opening night party. …

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