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

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.


Life Spray– This one was a bit difficult to grasp; initially I thought it was about reincarnation but when I asked the director, she explained that it was an interpretation of a Quran verse of how when we are born (or in the womb- I don’t recall to be honest) we see the most important parts of our life- which, in this girl’s case, is her wedding day and the day she dies. Interesting idea, but I think it could’ve been done better. I give it 2 Oi’s out of 5.

Half Emirati– This was awesome. A short documentary about ‘halfies’ and their point of view on the whole thing- being treated, judged, what they think of themselves and their identity. Deals with an important topic in a really witty way. I hope the director (a half-emirati herself) turns into a full-feature documentary that explores the topic in more detail. I give it 5 Oi’s out of 5.

Goat’s head– This is a very sad film based on a true story, which makes it even sadder. It’s about a girl called Hessa Abdulrahman that got constantly beaten up by her dad, then married off for money where the beatings continued. The story is told in the form of the girl talking to a doctor while in hiding. I give it 4 Oi’s out of 5

White coloured elephant– A kid survives near-death experiences a few times, and also had accidentally pushed his sister to her death, so he’s kind of messed up. The ‘white coloured elephant’ is shown at the end and has no significance whatsoever. Also the kid wants a bike. Ummmm… I give it 1 Oi out of 5.

Path– This was brilliant up until literally the last 20 seconds. The film explores hidden intentions vs. action and our deep subconscious and what we could be capable of. It was suspenseful all the way through and really well produced. The double twist at the end was unnecessary though. I give it 4 Oi’s out of 5.


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