Film Screenings

Uncharted Paths: DocuShorts in Focus with Arab Film Studios

15 August
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Uncharted Paths: DocuShorts in Focus with Arab Film Studios

Join us for an evening of screenings that celebrate short docu-films from the region. Taking place indoors, the film program presents works by artists taking part in the Arab Film Studios program. The documentaries are directed by filmmakers exploring creative and artistic expression through personal and collective histories. 

 

The evening will conclude with a panel discussion that will unite all directors alongside Waleed Al Madani, a documentary filmmaker and editing instructor at Arab Film Studio under the Creative Media Authority, and Aiham Al Subaihi, a filmmaker, actor, and current full-time acting teacher at Sharjah Performing Arts Academy.

 

A synopsis for each film is provided below: 

 

Luminary

Directed by Nada Jahed

Languages: Arabic

Duration: 9 minutes 34 seconds

 

Synopsis:

A poetic portrait of a blind father with a bright perspective on life, who is strongly determined to deliver his message to the world.

 

Biography:

Nada Jahed is a Jordanian Multimedia Designer based in the UAE whose workflows into two streams, creative and digital. 

She finds joy in film and photography as they bridge a transparent connection and build a thorough understanding towards the subjects, which shapes her own perception of the world in return. 

She aspires to continue to grow professionally and personally as she explores various mediums in search of new means to develop her skills.

 

M1K0

Directed by Fahad Shaikh

Languages: English

Duration: 8 minutes 10 seconds

 

Synopsis:

A film about journey to find a deeper meaning of the unknown, “M1-K0” follows Mikolaj Zenliski, a Polish software engineer on his bicycle training in middle of the desert, who could be blasting off to the Red Planet after getting through to the next stage of the Mars One project.

 

Biography:

Fahad Shaikh is a filmmaker who runs a production company in Dubai. His first short film The Veil played at several festivals and got awards for it, he also collaborated as a Director with 25 others for an international feature film The Owner. 

M1-Kø is his second short documentary in collaboration with Arab Film Studio.

 

Umma

Directed by Shoayb Khattab

Languages: No dialogue/Silent film

Duration: 8 minutes 10 seconds

 

Synopsis:

Umah, a small sardine fish in the UAE, is explored through a series of carefully captured shots. The film takes the form of a meditative, nonverbal journey of the fish, from the net to the plate, and the fisherman involved in the process.

 

Biography:

Shoayb Khattab, a graduated architect with fascination for drawings and all kinds of photography, has transformed this art obsession and passion into a profession as a filmmaker and photographer. Umah is his first documentary short. 

 

Jumaa and Hakim

Directed by Alawi Shareef 

Languages: Arabic, English

Duration: 10 minutes

 

Synopsis

A young boy is homeless, another struggles to survive in the jungle.  Their journey in life is forever altered by the influence of a stranger from another land.

 

Biography 

Born in 1991 in Comoros and raised in Dubai, Alawi Shareef graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Mass Communication, Advertising and Journalism at Punjab Technical University in India. Later he pursued a Diploma in Cinema at the Asian Academy of Film and Television in New Delhi before returning to Dubai to work in the media industry. Jumaa and Hakim is his debut film. 



The Girl with the Accent

Directed by Nadia Durry 

Languages: English

Duration: 9 minutes 54 seconds

 

Synopsis

An Ethiopian woman’s embrace of her identity through the color of her skin.

 

Biography 

Nadia Durry is an Ethiopian/American documentary producer based in the UAE. This is the first film she has directed.  

 

The Shave

Directed by Fajer Alalami

Languages: Arabic

Duration: 10 minutes

 

Synopsis

A coming-of-age story where the inability to age due to a medical condition puts Mohammed in an ongoing struggle to prove his manhood in the face of masculine stereotypes.

 

Biography 

Filmmaking has always been to Fajer Alalami, a Jordanian emerging director, her first love and lifelong passion. Fajer grew up in the UAE and graduated with a degree in Mass Communication. Having some commercial promotional work, short films, and video clips under her belt, Fajer envisages the prestigious Arab Film Studio program as a springboard for her professional world of filmmaking.


About Arab Film Studios: 

An initiative by Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Arab Film Studio is home to our region’s aspiring filmmakers, giving them the guidance, skills, and support to bring their dreams to the big screen. AFS is raising the profile of the UAE’s rapidly evolving film industry, positioning Abu Dhabi as a creative hub for the region, and helping the region’s next generation of filmmakers to get behind the camera and tell their stories.