The online event is held in partnership with Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Twofour54, Korean-Arab Society and the Korean Cultural Centre.
The first edition of Virtual Emirati Film Week is set to screen seven films by directors who are either from the UAE or live in the country.
Starting from June 18-24, the online event is part of the UAE-Korea cultural dialogue, an initiative that began in 2020 and is aimed at strengthening ties between the two countries. It is organised by the Ministry of Culture and Youth and South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Virtual Emirati Film Week is one of several events held under the initiative that showcases Emirati and South Korean culture. The online event is held in partnership with Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Twofour54, Korean-Arab Society and the Korean Cultural Centre.
Three feature films and four shorts will be screened on the website of the Ministry of Culture and Youth during the week-long event. The titles include Sabeel, From A to B, Shabab Sheyab, Scales, The Shadow, Ummi, and In the Shadows.
Emirati filmmaker Khalid Al Mahmood’s Sabeel is set in the mountains away from city life, the 10-minute film tells the story of two brothers who sell vegetables from their farm by the side of the main road, using the little money they make to care for their grandmother.
From A to B takes viewers on an outrageous road trip from Abu Dhabi to Beirut. The film is directed by Ali F Mostafa.
Directed by Iraqi director Yasir Al Yasiri, the feature film Shabab Sheyab (On Borrowed Time) tells the story of four friends who are spending their senior years in an assisted living facility in Dubai.
Sayidat Al Bahr (Scales) directed by Saudi filmmaker Shahad Amin is about a young girl who stands against her family and village tradition of sacrificing female children to mysterious creatures living in the sea.
The short film revolves around Maryam, a mother trying to save her 9-year-old son who is suffering from a mysterious paranormal phenomenon. Seeking advice, she takes her to a mullah, who then asks her about her faith and what she has done to cause this. The Shadow is directed by Nayla Al Khaja.
In The Shadows is a short documentary that recreates a family situation when one member is confined in a crowded detention centre for almost a month. Directed by Mildred Garcerant, the 10-minute film merges testimonials from family members with evocative monochrome shots of people huddled in a prison cell.
Ahmed Al-Mulla’s first film Ummi (Mommy) is a seven-minute short that focuses on a date between young Emirati couple Suhail and Leila that is going well until Suhail’s mother calls and tries to control his every move.