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Abu Dhabi Film Festival

The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF), powered by twofour54, is presented each October to help create a vibrant film culture throughout the region. With a focus on Arab cinema and the wealth of emerging and established film talent from around the world, ADFF has become one of the most anticipated cultural events in Abu Dhabi, helping to enhance the Emirate as a hub of creativity.  

Abu Dhabi Film Festival is committed to curating exceptional programs and engaging and educating the local community with their own and other cultures through the art of cinema. The work of Arab filmmakers is presented in competition with that of the international film industry’s most acclaimed talent.


Q and A of SEA SHADOW at ADFF 2011


UAE director Nawaf Al-Janahi presents SEA SHADOW at ADFF 2011



















UAE native director Nawaf Al-Janahi held the premier to his latest film, SEA SHADOW (2011) at Abu Dhabi Film Festival on Wednesday, 19 October 2011 in the Abu Dhabi Theater.

After screening a Q and A took place. Read below!

Q: Was there a specific character in the script that touched you to want to make the film?

NAWAF: I love all my characters. All of them touch me and I touch them.

Q: I smelled a strong political message in your film. Was there and do you care to comment?

NAWAF: Okay, write about it please.

Q: There was no real drama in your film. Can you tell us why? Was it a conscious risk you the director, or Mohammed the writer, chose?

NAWAF: The reaction of the audience is the answer. But of course there is always a risk.

Q: What inspired you to make this film? Was it based on a particular painting?

MOHAMMED (screenwriter): Actually, the story has more to do with the place itself so the place goes through change. The movie is about the place and their lives and that's what echoes in the movie.

Q: Greetings and congratulations to director, cast and Imagenation for this beautiful film.

NAWAF: Thank you!


SEA SHADOW is a heart-felt coming-of-age story about 16 year old Mansoor who lives in a small village on the Emirati coast. Mansoor struggles between his bursting feelings of first love in a notably reserved culture and tradition where expressing one's feelings is not always easy. Instead of words, he turns to gift-giving to court the apple of his eye. But while first love brings new life, it also brings death and disappointment and Mansoor must come to terms with this rude awakening.

written by Vanessa McMahon



photos from premier night by Vanessa McMahon



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