The festival is an innovative platform for the seventh art makers in Dubai
“Al-Marmoum: A Film in the Desert” .. 27 cinematic stories that illuminate the reserve
The second edition of the festival will start tomorrow and will last for 3 days.
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Maktoum bin Marawan Al Maktoum: "The festival provides the audience with the opportunity to learn about the details of the local and regional film scene and its development potential."
Shamma Al Muhairi: "The festival includes many activities through which we seek to develop the skills of filmmakers and empower them."
With the masterpieces of the seventh art and a busy program, the activities of the "Al Marmoum: Film in the Desert" festival will start tomorrow in the Al Marmoum Desert Reserve in Dubai. The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) will present, through the festival, an innovative cinematic platform to enable filmmakers to present their different stories. This falls within the framework of the authority's commitment to promoting the local cinematic scene, and supporting and sponsoring creative talents, in order to achieve its vision aimed at establishing Dubai's position as a global center for culture, an incubator for creativity, and a meeting place for talents.
The second edition of the festival will be held until the 11th of this month, under the slogan “Stories told by nature”, with the aim of supporting emerging filmmakers in Dubai, and strengthening the status of the Marmoum Desert as a cultural tourism destination and a natural reserve rich in elements of local heritage and culture, in addition to supporting the “The Most Beautiful Winter in the World” initiative. .
Sheikh Maktoum bin Marwan Al Maktoum, Project Manager of the Marmoum Festival, Senior Officer in Projects and Events Management at Dubai Culture, said: “The festival provides the audience with the opportunity to learn about the details of the local and regional film scene, its development potential, and the role this industry plays in developing Dubai’s economy.” Creative”, stressing the importance of instilling a passion for “the seventh art” in future generations, directing the filmmakers’ view of the different stories of society, and presenting them in various artistic forms.
For her part, Shamma Yahya Al Muhairi, director of the "Al Marmoum: Film in the Desert" project, a senior officer in the office of the Executive Director of the Arts and Literature Sector in Dubai Culture, said that all the festival's activities were designed in a professional manner to meet the needs of filmmakers in the UAE and the region.
She added, "The festival includes many activities through which we seek to develop the skills of filmmakers, empower them, and enhance their presence on the local scene."
And under the Marmoum sky, the festival will light up its screens with 27 films that bear the fingerprints of many Emirati, Gulf and Arab filmmakers. The package of cinematic works will discuss many societal and environmental issues.
The festival will witness 23 dialogue sessions and specialized workshops over three days, presented by a group of experts in the film industry.
The audience of the “Al-Marmoum: Film in the Desert” festival will have a date with several art exhibitions, including the “History of Cinema” exhibition, which is supervised by the artist Ammar Al-Attar.
The exhibition represents a journey that narrates the history of cinema in the UAE and the region from its early beginnings until today, while the Secretary-General of the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award, Ali bin Thalith, presents his exhibition documenting wildlife in the Marmoum desert.
Emirati artist Fatima Al Ali presents her mural on filmmaking in the UAE.
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