On the occasion of the Emirati-Korean Cultural Dialogue, the Ministry of Culture and Youth is launching the Emirati Film Week online from the 18th to the 24th of this month, as a special initiative organized in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in South Korea, the Korean Cultural Center in the Emirates, the Korean Arab Association, and the Emirati-Korean Friendship Association, and ImageNation, and TwoFour54.
Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth, said: “The Emirati-Korean Film Week is part of the Emirati-Korean cultural dialogue, and another initiative as part of our ongoing efforts to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. And the joint relations with the Republic of Korea are strong in various fields, including the cultural and creative fields, and given that films are one of the most effective media for conveying the cultural heritage of the UAE society, I am confident that the seven films shown during the next week will help our brothers in Korea to A deeper understanding of our culture and society.
Al-Kaabi pointed out that the cultural rapprochement between friendly countries complements the depth of political and strategic relations significantly on the one hand, and enhances popular relations on the other. “I hope that our two countries will communicate with each other constantly on the cultural level so that we develop a comprehensive understanding of each other’s literature, art, lifestyles and social characteristics,” she added.
For his part, Hwang Hee, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of South Korea, said: “I warmly welcome the UAE’s establishment of the Emirati Film Week to celebrate the UAE-Korea Year of Cultural Relations 2020-2021, as this special event will result in a deeper understanding of our culture through films. I would like to congratulate the people of the UAE who are celebrating the fiftieth year of the union, and to express my deepest gratitude to Noura Al Kaabi for hosting this meaningful occasion. I believe that the friendship between our two countries will grow increasingly stronger for many years to come.”
Emirati Film Week presents seven films that present different social and cultural themes for Emirati filmmakers and residents in the Emirates, and three feature films will be available to viewers, namely “A to B”, “Shabab Sheyab” and “Scales”. It also screens 4 short films, which are “Sabil”, “Shadow”, “In the Shadows” and “My Mother”.
The UAE Week also provides viewers with an opportunity to explore the diversity of the cinematic scene that reflects the cultural diversity in the UAE.
Movies can be viewed through the online platform (https://screen.mckd.gov.ae/) for 7 days, free viewing after registration, Korean and English subtitles are available for all works shown.