Category Archives: Video

Dubai Forever

Gérard Courant’s new film, Dubai For Ever:

Featuring: Abdulhamid Juma, Sheila Baldago-Tobias, Mohamed Idris Moosa, Salah Sermini, Rola Shamas, Francesco Cabras, Samira Mesbahi, Essam Zakarea, Delphine Garde-Mroueh, Marie-Eve Dubois, Hauvick Habechian, Tarek Boussaha, Bashar Ibrahem, Subhy Otry, Sear Rashiq, Rawaa Kalassina, Georges Yazbeck, Bassam Al-Thawadi, Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Walid Al Awadi, Ramy A. Razek, Shimaa Bakr Othman, Pratiti Vadhar, Haya Obaid, Katy Chang, J.R. Osborn, Grzegorz Jaroszuk, Hoda Kerbage, Sahim Omar Kalifa, Fareed Rämadan, Wasia Pasha, Abdullah Boushahri, Nouf Al Hammadi, Amjad Abu Al-Ala, Mohammed Jassim, Osama Al Saif, Kirpal Singh Mankotia

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Behind the Scenes: Cinématon

Professor J.R. Osborn made a behind the scene’s look at Gérard Courant filming Cinématon, the world longest running film production, at the 5th Gulf Film Festival in Dubai, 2012. We were lucky enough to get our portraits taken yesterday. We are now co-stars with such luminaries as Godard, Terry Gilliam, Ultraviolet, and of course Gérard himself. Gérard’s work is showcased at this year’s festival, where he is screening selections of Cinématon that were filmed in Dubai over the past year. We chose to honor Gérard by filming him filming us.

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Gulf Film Festival Night 1: Tora Bora

The opening film for the 2012 Gulf Film Festival was Walid Al Awadi’s Tora Bora. A moving, emotional film that made me feel the specificity of its setting and why the Gulf Film Festival, and other film festivals in the region including DIFF and DTFF, are so important. There are stories to be told! In Hollywood, the concept of the Middle East is so homogeneous: all Middle Easterners and/or Muslims are “Arabs.” But watch films at GFF and the nuances surface: Kuwaiti, Iraqi, Pashto, Emirati — these are all distinct cultures. Yet, still, the universality of specificity: I kept hitting my seatmate and saying “I would totally do that!” whenever the mother character, Um Tareq, asked to put the passports in her bag for safekeeping.

After such a gripping film, Glitter Dust Producer/Editor J.R. Osborn tried to shake it off on the dance floor:

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Gesturo Dubai

J.R. Osborn and I made this short film in 2010. With the end of Art Dubai, please write to let us know if our Dubai guide was helpful or how it can be updated. A little more about the film: “GesturoDubai: A Mer-chan Souvenir offers tourists and locals alternative keepsakes of popular sites in Dubai.”

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Dancing Under the Twin Towers

Making a documentary involves a lot of waiting around. And sometimes you get lucky and get to watch something intriguing reveals itself. Only in Dubai: Chinese line dancing under the Twin Towers as locals walk by. It’s not in the film, but I’m sure glad I caught it.

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The Amazing Tall Towers

Artist Juri Morioka compares New York and Dubai. We saw skyscrapers pop up like mushrooms from our house near Sheikh Zayed Road, no big thing. Just another multizillion dollar deal. When I moved back to Washington DC after living in Dubai for a few years, I thought the Washington Monument looked stubby! Now I’ve acclimated, and it’s back to its majestic self. Or soon will be. It’s all about perspective.


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Glitter Dust Trailer

Oh my goodness! It’s finally done…our drawcumentary film Glitter Dust: Finding Art in Dubai. Check out the trailer on IMDb. Let us know what you think and we’ll keep you posted on screenings. Opening soon!

Glitter Dust: FInding Art in Dubai trailer documentary

Glitter Dust: Finding Art in Dubai trailer documentary

 

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