The inaugural World of Women’s Film Fair Middle East, celebrating women in film and the arts, will open in Dubai on March 8th – International Women’s Day, at Mall of the Emirates.
The World of Women (WOW) Film Fair Middle East will highlight both the diversity of independent filmmaking as well as showcase a broad variety of storytelling by women from across the globe. Established by Women in Film & Television, New South Wales, the Middle East event is being curated by Straight Street Media, a UAE based global media company in partnership with Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas LLC.
Hermoine Macura, CEO and Founder of Straight Street Media, said: “I am delighted to launch the first ever World of Women’s Film Fair in the Middle East on International Women’s Day. I very much hope it will create further communication and dialogue as we reach out across the region, while also offering a unique platform for up and coming directors and producers in the Arab world in the years to come.”
As the first ever International Women’s Film Fair in the Arab world, WOW Middle East aims to highlight the growing number of films made about women and by women. Themes include health, relationships, gender issues and cultural diversity. Visitors to WOW Middle East will be able to watch films from Australia, Algeria, Lebanon, Scotland and Syria alongside many other countries.
WOW Middle East partners, VOX Cinema’s CSR Ambassador, Rami Alloush added: “Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas are proud to partner with World of Women Middle East, for the first film fair of this kind in the region. We at Vox Cinemas has ensured this fair is free to the public, in order to attract as many film goers as possible to come and see the works from around the world and is just a taste of what we will be developing not only in Dubai but also in Egypt, Qatar, and Lebanon to help promote women in film and TV.”
WOW Film Fair visitors will have the chance to see an array of comedy, drama, fiction, non-fiction, features, shorts, and experimental films, which all showcase the diversity and strength of women and men in the arts. A majority of the films to be screened will be making their debut including a selection from Arab directors.
These include shorter documentaries such as ‘Alexis Land’ by Syrian/ British director Mahyer Abou Matouk examines a compassionate view of one woman’s life journey with autism.
Other films in this year’s inaugural event include Australian film ‘Abalone’ which examines an Aboriginal man’s battle with mental health issues and reality and ‘How Big Is Your Love’ from Algerian director Fatma Zohra Zamoum – a heart-warming film about a child and his grandmother and their unique relationship during hardships.
The WOW Film Fair Middle East debuts on March 8th, 2014. For more information on film schedules call 600599905.
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