Image Nation has announced production of As One, a new feature-length documentary about autism directed by Emmy Award-winning Director Tricia Regan. The film is part of The Autism Project, an initiative started by Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to raise awareness of Autism in the UAE. Autism affects almost one […]
The film is part of The Autism Project, an initiative started by Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to raise awareness of Autism in the UAE. Autism affects almost one in 50 children globally with more young people being diagnosed each year.
The documentary focuses on the children, parents and teachers involved in a theatrical and musical programme in the UAE for children on the autism spectrum. The culmination of the programme was a musical staged for the casts friends and family, as well as UAE dignitaries.
Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said: It is my sincere hope that The Autism Project will have a positive impact on the lives of the children and families who are participating in it, and that this documentary will help to inform the wider UAE public about Autism and its nuances.
Overall, we want to ensure that our society does not fail to recognize and embrace the amazing skills and abilities of autistic children, and that these children are given the opportunity and confidence to be active members of our community.
Commenting on the documentary, Mohammed Al Mubarak, Chairman of Image Nation said: The Autism Project is something that we are immensely proud of. Autism is such a prevalent condition in the UAE, but there is still a stigma attached to it.
We hope this film, and all the hard work from everyone involved, will help bring a sense of hope to families and increase awareness of this issue.
Tricia Regan, the films Director said: I am very honoured to have been invited to create a musical theatre programme in the UAE for kids on the Autism spectrum, and to have had the privilege to direct this documentary film.
This is a story of magical kids and dedicated parents struggling to understand autism, and build meaningful lives for themselves. It is joyful, funny, and also often heart wrenching – as is most of life. Clearly cultures from all over the world are dealing with autism, and this film not only makes that clear, it also shows us that we are all more alike than we are different.