World of Women Finalist Films 2018
March 6th, 2018, WOL Community Center, Al Quoz
Director: Philip J. Rachid, UAE (10 mins) 'SHE' paints intimate portraits of seven women based in the UAE, each defining through their life experiences and accomplishments, what it takes to be a woman trying to realize her goals, hopes and dreams.
OK, MUM Director: Eva Lanska, UK (14 mins) Natasha's parents are in a constant state of conflict and her father takes out his anger on her and her mother doesn't do anything about it. Natasha then grows up, and her main purpose in life is not to repeat the path of her mother and to forget her childhood. However, she makes similar mistakes and the mental dialogue with her mother continues.
Director: Eman Talal Alsayed, UAE (10 mins) After her Emirati father passed away, Lauren is asked to fly to the UAE for the first time to meet with her long-lost family, and settle her father's inheritance. However, in order to claim her right she is asked to cleanse her father's "mistake" that estranged him for years.
Director: Jumaan Short, UK (10 mins) Lara has always lived in the shadow of her mother. That is, until the morning of one life-changing decision that Lara knows, must be made alone.
Director: Natalie Malla, UK (7 mins) Melissa and Eric might just be soulmates, but will they talk to each other or will they leave that crowded tube carriage never knowing what might have been?
Director: Marjan Hashemi, UK (14 mins) A young painter's opening creates turmoil among guests including her investor and his wife.
A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO SHOES
Director: Robyn Grace, New Zealand (15 mins) In the hope of finding a shopping friend, Alice manages to lose something much bigger...her sanity.
INTERMISSION - COFFEE BREAK
MIND YOUR BODY
Director: Silke Engler, Germany (23 mins) Jo is working as a trainer at a fitness company where his consciousness slips into the body of a customer and does their work out for them. One day when Jo trains a famous customer he meets Ery and suddenly everything changes.
WAR SWEET HOME
Director: Haya Al Tamimi, UAE (4 mins) Two young friends discuss their ideal home until they are poised with a tough question. Where will they sleep?
Director: Julia Gani, Kazakhstan (7 mins) Despite the betrayal of his beloved, a young poet plans to get the woman of his dreams back and light up the sparks that have faded. He asks his friend, an artist, to paint one unforgettable day the lovers shared in their blissful past.
Director: Hani AL Kattan, Saudi Arabia (5 mins) This film is about a Muslim family and their daughter Amal - who after the assassination of her father during an award ceremony in France - begins to go through psychology trauma and grief. A new step taken by her mother creates hope 'Amal' for both of them.
THE PROFESSIONAL CUDDLER
Director: Mika Orr (16 mins) Nadav is a young man who's come to New York to pursue his dreams. By day, he plays the trumpet, and by night he works as a "Professional Cuddler" in order to finance his first album. The film follows the first meeting of a woman he met online. Will they be able to bridge the gap between the digital and physical worlds?
NEVER SAY NEVER
Director: Adele Meyers, UK (7 mins) A couple struggle with letting go. How to end their relationship? They must, but do they really want to?A poem film adaptation from an original poem written by Patrick Errington.
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL
DIRECTOR: Lubna Al Amoodi, UAE (2 mins) This film talks about the real beauty of women; they are beautiful by nature.