Bint Mariam wins second prize at Arab Film Festival

ABU DHABI -The Emirates Foundation yesterday announced that Bint Mariam won the second prize in the short film category at the Arab Film Festival held on June 18-22 in Rotterdam. The film had won the second prize at the Gulf Film Festival in Dubai in April.

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Published: Fri 4 Jul 2008, 12:14 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:01 PM

Bint Mariam (Mariam's Daughter) is directed by local filmmaker Saeed Salmeen Al Murry and was filmed earlier this year in the Al Jazeera Al Hamra area of Ras Al-Khaimah.

The production of Bint Mariam was funded entirely through an arts grant from the foundation.

Bint Mariam is the story of a girl who is forced to marry a very old man. When her husband dies, Mariam becomes a young widow who feels free for the first time. Saeed developed the idea for the film with writer Mohamed Hasan. Both preferred to explore the girl's life after the death of her husband, rather than focusing on the hardship during the marriage.

Saeed believes that Bint Mariam is his best film so far. "It was a great honour for my country's name to be called at the award ceremony in Rotterdam. Without the help of the Emirates Foundation, I do not think that this film would have ever been made," he said

Saeed has already won awards at various film festivals, including best film award for his Al Ghabna at the Emirates Film Competition in 2007.

This year he attended a filmmaking workshop at the New York Film Academy in Abu Dhabi.

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