Two Omani films selected for the international festival of Morocco

Muscat – Two films from Oman have been selected for the prestigious Arab-African International Documentary Festival to be held in the Moroccan city of Zagora from November 26 to 29.

The two films chosen for the festival are Sultanah 1840 and Ardha directed respectively by Dr Khalid al Zadajli and Mohammed Ali Rashid al Darwshi.

“I am happy that Sultanah 1840 has been selected for this festival which is one of the most prestigious in the region,” Zadajli said.

“The 20-minute film, which also has excellent graphics, tells the story of the historic ship that transported the very first Ambassador to New York, United States of America in 1840.”

Ardha – Oman’s second film – lasts 55 minutes. The film delicately treats the traditional music of Hambal and Tohoreb.

“This art form is very old in Oman and has also been recognized by Unesco,” Darwshi said, adding that “the documentary is very lyrical and colorful”.

Giving details on the making of the film, Darwshi said filming was done in 2019 covering “all parts and regions of the Sultanate”.

But because of the lockdown, he said, “we had to hold back.”

“Also, the assembly took a long time,” Darwshi added.

The film festival had many admissions from all over the world including only 17 films – from Oman, Egypt, Iraq, Tunisia, Guinea, Lebanon, Algeria, UK, Morocco and the Denmark – were selected.


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