The project is in line with Shams’ mission to enhance media and cinema production in the UAE and to create opportunities for innovators in the sector.
Sharjah Media City (Shams) has hosted the special screening of 218: Behind The Wall of Silence.
Directed by Nahla Al Fahd, the film is part of the Emirati Artistic Experience initiative launched by Sharjah Media City (Shams) in cooperation with the Arab Format Lab company to produce the first work made by the public in the Arab world, embodying the vision and directives of the wise leadership aimed at supporting young talents and creators.
The film will be shown to the public in cinemas starting from Thursday, May 20, 2021. Empire Entertainment, the foreign arm of Empire International, is distributing the film in the UAE.
218 is an Emirati suspense drama that revolves around the story of two young women going through what, on the surface, appear to be three separate experiences, yet are intertwined and connected in their reality. The film explores subjects ranging from domestic violence to nostalgia, the pursuit of revenge, and solidarity.
Dr Khalid Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Media City, said: “Shams is working to achieve the vision and directions of the wise leadership aimed at making a qualitative leap in the economic scene in the Emirate of Sharjah and the UAE through the development of many vital sectors. The media, cinematographic and creative production sectors are at the top of our priorities because of their importance in creating economic prominence and cultural and artistic momentum in the Emirati society.”
He added: “We are proud to produce and release the first movie (218) made by the public at the level of the Arab world and the first productions of the ambitious (Emirati Artistic Experience) initiative, through which we aim to establish a unique film industry that will be a mirror for the Emirati and Arab society. In addition to creating a new generation of film professionals employing their creative and innovative ideas in producing films and other artistic works that enhance the cultural and civilisational position of the UAE in front of the world.”