A series of short films by Emirati filmmakers

The films for the night feature the work of four Emirati directors:

“Hamam Zakiya” directed by Eman Al Sayed – 7 min

Sara, a carefree young wife with no kids, spends her day in a Moroccan bath to find momentary peace only to be confronted by her worst fears when she meets the intrusive masseuse, Zakiya.

“A Small Dream” directed by Sarra’a Al Shehhi – 15 min

Maitha has a small and seemingly simple dream of swimming in the sea. She encounters various obstacles and struggles to find balance between fulfilling her dream and her fear of judgment.

“Hayya” directed by Shereen Abu Ouf – 19 min

This documentary drama explores the link between mental and physical health. It documents Ruaa’s struggle with cancer and its consequential mental health difficulties, alluding to the importance of mental well-being and reflecting on themes of hope, life, and rebirth.

“The Monster” directed by Abdulrahman Al Madani – 25 min

A battered wife seeks refuge in her estranged mother to escape her abusive husband. However, she finds herself pressured to return to him. Will she give in or fight back this time?

Organized by
  • NYUAD Film and New Media Program

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