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Last year saw the Dublin Worker’s Film Festival join the ranks of the many film festivals taking place in Dublin that bring a varied selection of films of diverse and meaningful subject matter to audiences in the nation’s capital. Taking place on Pearse Street, the festival screened three films from the 60s, 80s, and 2010s that addressed issues of the working classes, and this year the festival expands, with a programme of 6 films this October. Whether you get up early enough in the morning for our Taoiseach’s liking we couldn’t possibly say, but you won’t have to be up at the crack of dawn for these films, which span just about 100 years and include some interesting sounding Q and As to boot.

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This Friday, the Dublin Arabic Film Festival begins once again the Irish Film Institute. a celebration of the best of contemporary Arabic cinema, providing a window into Arabic people, culture and politics. The festival, organised by president and director Jim Sheridan and Zahara Moufid respectively, will show 5 films from October 6th to 8th showcasing filmmaking from the Arabic region.

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Dublin Arabic Film Festival, in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, has announced its line-up for 2016. All of the films were released in 2016 so they each offer a fresh perspective. Last year the festival screenings sold-out so there is a clear demand for the cinema of the Arabic World in Dublin. This year’s programme covers such issues as the conflict between traditional and modern values in Arabic countries,  the place of women in what are predominantly patriarchal societies and the lasting impact of the Arab Spring (a wave of protests, demonstrations and civil wars which spread through the Arab World from 2010 onwards).

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