When you hear about the next BIG thing you wonder what that really means, it simply means you have been touched in one way or the other with that BIG thing.
For me it was the simple fact that I don’t have to panic if I am flying with my filming gear, as a filmmaker this aspect of filming is crucial. Imagine flying with an Arri 35mm or the wonderful RED, the x-ray machines nor the officers would like it if you do not have your permits. It is also one thing to get them out of your point of departure and a whole different story once you land.
When the 5D mark II was created my world was turned around. That was the BIG thing, filming was mobile, light and “in a no one is looking shoot!” way a breeze. The DSLR series do not attract attention, most consumers think they are for photos only and the stunning size blends so well with your everyday stroll.
Nayla Al Khaja’s latest directorial project, the online series Maggi Diaries, sponsored by the popular brand of sauces, is seeking to put a new spin on the cookery show format as its four co-hosts traverse the Middle East looking for the best stories, sites and recipes in the region.
“The premise is we have these four women who don’t know each other, but they have two common denominators – they all love cooking and they all have to balance their work with caring for their families,” Al Khaja explains.
“We travel to different countries around the region, try different cuisines and there’s a strong focus on fusion. We’re looking to preserve the history of traditional dishes but add a modern twist, and we hope people will try the same at home.” More…
Canon Middle East congratulates Nayla Al Khaja, founder and director of D-SEVEN Motion Pictures and the UAE’s first female producer/director, on winning the Muhr Emirati Special Jury award at the 10th Dubai International Film Festival. She accepted the award for her film, The Neighbour, from HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum along with producer Claudia Corbelli. As a Canon ambassador, Nayla has access to a wide variety of innovative film equipment, including the EOS-1D C which was used to capture the story.
Emirati Film Director Nayla Al Khaja talks to Vijaya Cherian about her films that are being screened at DIFF 2013 and the burgeoning film culture in the UAE.
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As DIFF rolls into Dubai, Emily Baxter looks at the new wave of Arab female filmmakers turning the Middle Eastern film scene into an all-woman playground.
Few films win standing ovations, let alone one 10 minutes long, but at last year’s Venice Film Festival, Wadjda by Haifaa Al Mansour broke with convention. As well as being a poetic ode to childhood dreams and determination, Wadjda is the first feature-length film to come out of Saudi Arabia, it’s the country’s first ever submission to the Academy Awards
(fingers crossed for March), and, most pertinently, it’s directed by a woman.
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is teaming up again with the Naqsh Short Film Days (NSFD), a unique film festival in Bahrain, to showcase six prominent Emirati films to audiences at the second edition of the festival.
NSFD takes place from 26 to 28 September and the selected Emirati films, which have been previously screened at the DIFF and the Gulf Film Festival (GFF), is part of a distinctive regional programme that will give audiences the opportunity to experience the vibrancy and multi-faceted nature of Emirati cinema.