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The World Premiere of Five Boys and A Wheel to be Held at the Dubai International Film Festival

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In the Presence of Director Said Zagha and Actor Ali Suliman

The World Premiere of Five Boys and A Wheel to be Held at the Dubai International Film Festival


The Jordanian/Palestinian short film Five Boys and A Wheel kick starts its international festival tour with the 13th Dubai International Film Festival (December 7 - 14), where the film's world premiere will be held in the presence of its director Said Zagha and lead actor Ali Suliman. The film will also contend within the festival's Muhr Short competition.

Based on American author Raymond Carver's short story 'Bicycles, Muscles, Cigarettes', the film is set in Jordan where a young father has to help his son out of a petty conflict with the neighbors. As the parents of each respective family are summoned to discuss the issue at hand, the discussions begin to quickly spin out of control, putting the values of the father to test.

The film received support from the Royal Film Commission - Jordan (RFC) and it stars Ali Suliman, Nadira Omran, Haydar Kfoof. Five Boys and A Wheel is produced by Akram Al-Ashqar, Ahmad Khatib and director Said Zagha. MAD Solutions is handling the film's distribution across the Arab world.

Said Zagha is a Palestinian filmmaker from Ramallah. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Film from Ohio's Kenyon College in 2011. His debut narrative short film Five Boys and A Wheel stars the acclaimed Palestinian actor Ali Suliman and was funded by the Royal Film Commission- Jordan and Palestinian private sector firms. Said is currently developing his first feature film, entitled The Girl.

DIFF is one of the most important film festivals in the Arab world. In each edition, DIFF showcases over 120 features, shorts films and documentaries from around the world and will include several world premieres. Every year DIFF presents new and exciting cinema from the Arab world and beyond, introducing audiences to fresh, new talent and original and distinctive filmmaking.

Screening Times of the Short Film Five Boys and A Wheel at the Dubai International Film Festival (GMT+4)

Saturday, December 10th at 9:45 pm, VOX 03 Cinema, Mall of the Emirates
Monday, December 12th at 6:15 pm, VOX 05 Cinema, Mall of the Emirates