Local film-makers seek attention and support

DUBAI — The UAE directors and producers are facing many problems and need more attention and support, said Nayla Al Khaja, UAE’s first independent national women film-maker, during a Press conference held alongside the Dubai International Film Festival yesterday at the Madinat Al Jumeira.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sat 11 Dec 2004, 10:51 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:25 PM

“The UAE needs specialised colleges and institutes to teach movie making and directing in order to build a healthy, well-organised film industry. As a director, we lack an association that holds databases for directors actors and producers. We should work together to launch an association that is similar to the Dubai Press Club, and the Dubai Journalist Association,” said Nayla Al Khaja.

Ms Al Khaja added that this network and association will help Arab and international directors and encourage them to make more movies through Dubai. She also expressed her frustration over the lack of funding and sponsoring for UAE national film-making.

“I wish I had more sponsors for my movie. I have suffered and struggled to launch this movie which gives more information about Dubai, and helps bridge the gap between the Arabs and the West,” said Ms Al Khaja.

Unveiling Dubai was filmed under the patronage of Minister of Education Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, who consented to have all equipment sponsored by Dubai Women’s College. The documentary captures a Western tourist’s first take on the Middle East. The awe-struck visitor, played by German film-maker Nicholas Doldinger, is guided around the Dubai’s many attractions by a young national, portrayed by Ms Al Khaja.

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