Emirati Short Films- in review (part 1/2)

As I watch a lot of English movies throughout the year, one thing I try to do during film festivals is watch more documentaries and foreign films, especially Arabic ones. This year, I especially wanted to attend the Muhr Emirati film screenings to see what local talent is up to. There were some really good ones and some that were trying too hard.

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Safi– I loved this short. It’s about how times have changed told through the childhood memories of one of the characters, when life was simpler and fun back in the day of adjusting the antenna on the rooftop to get a clear signal. I give it 4 Oi’s out of 5.

Mutiny– What if your body starting turning against you and you couldn’t control it? This was the idea behind this short film, turning Alien Hand Syndrome into a little thriller. I give it 3 Oi’s out of 5.

Mirage.net–  A very powerful film that raises awareness about the issue of rape in the Arab society, and the importance of coming forward as a rape victim. It also sheds light on the dangers of the Internet that are easily overlooked and forgotten about; as the adage goes: “on the Internetnobody knows youre a dog”. I give it 5 Oi’s out of 5.

Durbeen– I didn’t really get this one. The film starts of with kids playing soccer, and one of them is left behind on the ground with broken glasses. As he’s walking home, he finds cardboard tubes and makes a pair of binoculars. Then he starts walking and seeing through the binoculars, and starts seeing bubbles and marbles and clean laundry gets showered in colors. Then he goes home, sleeps, wakes up and the same thing happens again the next day. The music was dreary too. Yea, I didn’t get it. I give it 1 Oi out of 5.

We need to talk– This is every-cliche-chic-lit-book-ever-written-and-rom-com-ever-made. It’s a comedic take (or an attempt at least) on a girl going through a breakup. We’ve seen this story a million times over, but with better everything. There was one scene when the guy wanted to breakup with her- the way it was shot looked like he wanted to get some action on the phone instead. The whole thing couldn’t get more cliche. I would give up 90 minutes of my time to watch a Twilight movie in exchange for the 35 minutes I spent watching this. Also, fonts were in Comic Sans (or similar). Thumbs way way down. I give it 0 Oi’s out of 5.

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