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Only weeks into the job, the Doha Film Institute's new CEO Abdulaziz Al-Khater sat down to chat with Toh! during the Doha Tribeca Film Festival to discuss the long-term goals of the nascent festival, now in its fourth year, and Dfi itself, the umbrella organization which presides over all of Qatar's film initiatives. Al-Khater was polite but a certain guardedness is to be expected from a man running a high-profile outfit in this part of the world, even one that in its short life has become one of the most proactive cultural organizations in the Middle East. (Qatar, the wealthy emirate of which Doha is the capital, may be one of the most progressive countries in the region but it's also under the firm thumb of its emir and hasn't experienced its own Arab Spring upheaval.) "This year, we've tried to bring the festival closer to the community," Al-Khater told Toh! »

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