Emirati films draw huge crowds

July 25th, 2010 - 6:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Assilah (Morocco), July 25 (IANS/WAM) A collection of short films on subjects like loss, hope and modernity produced in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have drawn huge crowds at the 32nd Assilah Festival in Morocco.
The UAE is the guest of honour at the film festival, where a total of nine Emirati short films were shown, the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage said.

Waleed Al Shehhi’s “Bab”, a 19-minute drama about the human psyche drew one of the biggest crowds in the festival. Also popular was Saeed Salman’s “Bint Mariam”, a story of a young widow who goes on a journey of self-discovery.

According to Al Shehhi, there is much work to be done.

“We still face a battle to get recognition, but we help each other and of course festivals like this make that struggle easier,” he said.

–IANS/WAM

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