The Ultimate Culture Guide 2009: Q

Qatar: The Director’s Cut

In the latest effort by Qatar to cast itself as a center of culture in the Middle East, the oil- and gas-rich Gulf state has partnered with the TriBeCa Film Festival. This fall the capital, Doha, will screen some 40 films, with the I. M. Pei–designed Museum of Islamic Art serving as a principal venue. Until now Qatar has had little movie culture, but festival organizers hope to change that. Conceived partly as a showcase for Middle Eastern filmmakers, it will include selections from around the world, with several juried prizes. November 10–14