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Emirati film to vie for Oscar entry at Tribeca

posted on 14/03/2013: 631 views



Murk Light, a short Emirati movie directed by Iraqi filmmaker Yasir Al Yasiri and supported and produced by twofour54 creative lab, a Media Zone Authority — Abu Dhabi, company, has been nominated for the category Best Narrative Shorts in the 12th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF). TFF runs from April 17-28, 2013.

The New York festival is one of the leading festivals for independent films and one of the few Oscar-qualifying film festivals worldwide. Murk Light was selected for the Festival out of over 2,800 submissions.

The 20-minute short film, starring some of today's leading Emirati actors, narrates the journey of two characters, discovering dreams, escape and friendship on their way. It's a journey of self-discovery, leading to an unidentified destination.

Noura Al Kaabi, chief executive officer, the Media Zone Authority-Abu Dhabi and twofour54, said, "Murk Lights' nomination for Tribeca Shorts is an endorsement of the high calibre work that is being supported by twofour54 creative lab. The aim of creative lab has always been to identify emerging Arab talent and support them with developing their own creative ideas.

Speaking of Yasir All Yasiri, Al Kaabi said, "Yasir is a great example of a filmmaker whose journey with creative lab has seen him transform into an award-winning international filmmaker. We are incredibly proud of Yasir and the creative lab team that helped him make it happen.” – The Gulf Today

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