Dubai International film lovers are in luck. A small theatre in the Vox cinema chain, Mall of Emirates, is dedicated to showing DIFF (Dubai International Film Festival) films all year round. The show times are often, starting as early as 10am and running throughout the day. As a huge film lover, this was very exciting to learn about! The early morning showtime was the perfect opportunity for some girlfriends and I to meet to watch a film we probably wouldn't go out with our families to see. The film I had chosen for us was a British film, I, Daniel Blake. I had read rave reviews about the film and the icing on the cake was that it was the winner of the Palme D'Or award at the Cannes Film festival.
Daniel Blake is British construction worker who has suffered a serious illness and is trying to receive state aid/welfare. In the process he befriends a single mother who is also struggling to make the social system work for her. Lets just say the movie successfully tugs hard at the heart strings. It is beautifully written and acted and will have you reflecting on what is "fair and unfair" in many social systems around the globe. Don't leave home without your Kleenex, you will need it! I, Daniel Blake is definitely worth two hours of your time.