Two of the feature films in the Gulf Film Festival’s (GFF) ‘Lights’ programming
segment, which offer compelling insight into life in the GCC, had their world
premieres at the event that runs until Wednesday 17 April 2013 at Grand Cinemas at
Dubai Festival City.
According to GFF director Masoud Amralla Al Ali, the movies Bani Adam from UAE
director Majid Abdulrazak and Scenario from Kuwaiti writer/director Tareq Al Zamel
represent a new generation of film in the Gulf. “These two films originate from
directors who have worked tirelessly to improve their craft, piecing together the
training they needed themselves and taking on many roles within the production
process to see their projects to fruition. They are self-taught, self-funded artists, and
the premiere of their work will be duly celebrated as epitomising the independent
“Their example is an inspiration to younger artists who are just starting out –
obstacles can be navigated and overcome, and with a lot of hard work, your idea can
eventually reach the screen.’
Bani Adam is a multi-generational saga of love, guilt and forgiveness and follows
childhood friends Sultan and Salem whose bond comes undone in adulthood when
Sultan falls in love with Maha. The movie screens on Saturday 13 April at 20h00 in
Grand Cinema 5.
Scenario, which shows on Monday 15 April at 20h30, also in Grand Cinema 5, tells the
story of an obsessive director working on a low-budget movie with a trusted crew. The
shoot goes smoothly until a death on set suddenly turns things upside down.
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