It was announced today that Mira Nair‘s “Amelia” starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere will open the first Doha Tribeca Film Festival (a partnership between the Qatar Museums Authority and Tribeca Enterprises) which begins on 29 October in Doha, Qatar.

Ms. Nair said in a statement:

“I am honoured to present “Amelia” as the Opening Night of the inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival,” said Mira Nair. “Amelia was truly modern, a visionary, and my film explores her quest for balance between the ecstasy of the sky and the responsibility of the earth. It is, in a sense, an action adventure, with Hilary Swank as the true embodiment of the spiritual power of Amelia Earhart.”

Other films in the fest’s lineup include: “An Education,” “Bright Star,” “Coco Before Chanel,” and “The Informant!

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