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A decade after City of Life and the state of filmmaking in the UAE

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Hind Mezaina sits with Faisal Salah, social media journalist at The National (https://twitter.com/EyesWOutAFais) and comic book artist Mohamed "Momo" Sheibani (https://twitter.com/momoarchive) to discuss Ali F Mostafa's film City of Life ten years after its premier at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2009. The discussion includes their thoughts about the film, the representation of Dubai in the film, the films and commercials made by Ali F Mostafa after City of Life and a look at other UAE films released during the past decade, the impact of the cancellation of Abu Dhabi Film Festival and the Dubai International Film Festival, and the challenges of developing and maintaining a film industry in the UAE. Other UAE films discussed in this episode: From A to B (Ali F Mostafa, 2014) The Worthy (Ali F Mostafa, 2016) Sea Shadow (Nawaf Janahi, 2011) A Fallible Girl (Conrad Clark, 2013) Djinn (Tobe Hooper, 2013) Zinzana (Majid Al Ansari, 2015) Hajwala: The Missing Engine (Ali Bin Matar, Ibrahim Bin Mohamed, 2016) Aerials (S.A. Zaidi, 2016) Only Men Go to the Grave (Abdulla Al Kaabi, 2016) Musk (Humaid Al-Suwaidi, 2018) You can rent/buy City of Life before on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ae/movie/city-of-life/id1093942053 You can read Hind Mezaina's review of City of Life here: https://www.theculturist.com/home/review-city-of-life-by-ali-f-mostafa.html You can read Hind Mezaina's interview with Abdulla Al Kaabi about Only Men Go to the Grave here: https://www.theculturist.com/home/interview-with-abdulla-al-kaabi-director-of-only-men-go-to-t.html

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