Film Screening in UAE Cinemas - Sea Shadows

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Sea Shadows premiered at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival last month, it's the second feature film after The Circle (2009) by its director Nawaf Al Janahi. Produced by Abu Dhabi's Image Nation, it was heavily promoted leading to its premiere and it just got released in cinemas across the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, and will released across the Gulf over the next two weeks.

It's always great news that a film from the United Arab Emirates gets a wide release in our cinemas, because most of the time you only get to see them at film festivals. The Emirati film industry has been plodding away for the past decade, but over the past couple of years it's slowly coming of age and my only hope is that over the next few years we see it mature and recognised in the international film industry.

Set in a small seaside neighbourhood in Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, Sea Shadow follows teenagers Mansoor and Kaltham as they struggle with tradition and convention in their journey towards adulthood. Bound by family and deeply-rooted values, the pair must find the courage to forge their own paths.

I strongly recommend you to take a break from Hollywood blockbusters playing at our cinemas and go watch Sea Shadows. The movie has English sub-titles, so it isn't restricted to an Arab speaking audience.

Screenings schedules can be found here.