On Monday evening, the activities of the second edition of the Arab Heritage Film Festival were launched on the Khorfakkan beach, (the course of the late artist Ismat Yahya), in light of a remarkable turnout of lovers and guards of heritage and memory, and the events began with folk art paintings by the performance of the Sharjah National Band, which received approval and interaction. The audience; The festival mainly aims to preserve the Arab heritage, through the art of cinema, and heritage cinema.
The opening included a speech by Dr. Abdul Aziz Al Muslim, President of the Sharjah Institute for Heritage, Honorary President of the Festival, then Artist Director Abdullah Al Junaibi, President of the Festival, Dr. Hind Esmat Yahya, Head of the Festival Jury, and Dr. Islam Ezz Al Arab, Founder and Director of the Festival, followed by a video presentation of the committees Judging, film and photography competitions, and then the screening of the movie “Living Memory”, and the activities of the first day concluded by honoring the sponsors.
Abd al-Aziz al-Muslim said: Heritage is vocabulary and meanings, images, symbols, and forms that are stuck in the popular imagination and collective memory, before they turn into documented material written between the two covers of a book. The family, and gives us a visual reading of reality, and its impact and impact differ according to the photographer, and the extent of his skill and ability to seize the defining moment in which he highlights himself, his experience and creativity in taking exceptional and exclusive pictures that no one else has paid attention to.
He added: The importance of the image for heritage lies in documenting different scenes and scenes, whether it is related to traditional crafts, costumes, folk games, or other heritage elements scattered here and there, material and immaterial; The Heritage Lens captures all of these elements in different situations.
Abdullah Al-Junaibi said: It gives me great pleasure to attend the activities of the festival, which is held in the beautiful and hospitable Khorfakkan, and we are well aware of the importance of the festival’s specialization in heritage cinema because of this type of festivals of a great role in introducing these films and pushing towards making films with an aesthetic sense that introduce us to our rich Arab heritage. Diversity, richness and difference.
Dr. Islam Ezz Al-Arab expressed his thanks and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah. And he said: If the history of nations is written with the prominent features of their men, national stances and national ambitions, His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah is one of the most prominent of these men.
Dr. Hind Ismat Yahya expressed her thanks and appreciation to the Sharjah Institute for Heritage, which was enthusiastic about the idea of the festival and adopted it.
The festival includes a competition for short documentary films (heritage film) of no more than 30 minutes, and long films of no more than 30 minutes, and their topics on popular, cultural, and natural heritage. In each session, one of the public figures who provided a service to heritage in the field of their public activity is honored, provided that she is chosen from any Arab country, and it is not required to be a cinematographer. There will also be raffles for many tablets and valuable gifts, in addition to vouchers worth 1,000 dirhams per day during the festival period for visitors at the Flag Square on Khorfakkan Beach.
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