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Emirati filmmaker shortlisted for film fest
Friday, Sep 07, 2012
Abu Dhabi: A UAE filmmaker has been shortlisted a third time for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival for her latest visual work that delves into the social issues and relationships effecting Emirati women.
But the recent American University of Sharjah (AUS) graduate from the mass communication programme is not pursuing her short movies and documentaries for the fame and honour usually associated with hard-hitting film works.
The 22-year-old Emirati director, in fact, has declined to allow her name to be made public and prefers to let her work remain in the spotlight, rather than the cinematic artist who captured the words and images in moving pictures.
The young woman pointed out that most of her narratives, which have been showcased in her short films, focus mainly on society, personal relations and Emirati women.
Attending a film festival is an interactive experience where filmmakers can have the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas about certain issues and enjoy question-and-answer sessions after screenings.
The filmmaker thanked the American University of Sharjah — particularly the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) department — for helping her with equipment needed in order to complete the filmmaking procedure.
“The biggest support for me was Jack Swanstrom, an AUS film professor, who has insisted on projecting my short movie at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival as well as other international festivals such as, Cannes Film Festival,” she said, adding that showcasing her work at local festivals within the UAE is much more important to her than projecting it outside the country.
By Sara Sabry Staff Reporter
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