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Film Festival Essentials: What’s on October 14

The gala red carpet screening of Sam Kadi's The Citizen is among the highlights for Sunday's programme. The Citizen tells the story of Ibrahim Farrah, an Arab who wins the US Green Card lottery but arrives in New York just before 9/11. Acclaimed Egyptian actor Khaled Nabawy, who stars as Ibrahim, will join co-star William Atherton, Director Sam Kadi and Producer Ameer Kabour on the red carpet at Emirates Palace at 21:00 for a screening at 21:30.

Short films are in focus with a screening of the short documentaries competing in the Emirates Film Competition. There is a photocall at 18:00 in advance of the screening at 18:30. At 20:00 Sebastian Aubert of Adastra Films, France will deliver a masterclass on how to get your short film before an international audience. This masterclass is free to attend and open to the public.

The other masterclass for Sunday is on 3D production. It is hosted by Clyde De Souza, an internationally renowned 3D specialist.

On screen

Other highlights in the programme today include a screening of caesar must die, this year's winner of the Berlinale's top prize, the Golden Bear. The film is a visceral re-telling of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, set in a real-life maximum security prison in Rome.

The new film by Michael Winterbottom, who received the Black Pearl Career Excellence Award at ADFF 2011, screens at 21:30. Everyday reveals the struggles of a woman trying to keep her family together while her husband is in prison.

Screening in the Documentary competition is Anton's Right Here, a devastating film following an autistic teenager in Russia, where the condition is not recognized. First-time Director Lyubov Arkus and Producer Konstantin Shavlovsky will attend the screening.

Director Nisha Pahuja and Producer Cornelia Principe will attend the screening of the World Before Her which juxtaposes the Miss India pageant with the women's arm of the Hindu fundamentalist movement to provide an insight into the lives of women in modern India. Director Effendee Mazlan will attend the screening of Malaysian film Songlap, screening in the New Horizons competition.

Media representatives have the opportunity to conduct interviews with delegations from a number of films. Please check the press schedule for details.

This is the first year the Abu Dhabi Film Festival has been presented under the management of twofour54, as part of the plan to strategically align the festival alongside Abu Dhabi's other media initiatives and related events, reinforcing Abu Dhabi as the creative hub for the region supporting film production.

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