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Films on unrest at unity festival

September 1, 2013


Sept. 01--EIGHTEEN short films about sectarian tensions, national unity and the ongoing political crisis in Bahrain have been submitted for a one-of-a-kind festival.

The Bahraini filmmakers will come under the limelight during the National Unity Festival, which will kick off on October 27.

A panel of judges consisting of directors and experts will select the best submissions, which will be screened during the festival that is being organised by the Bahrain Youth Society (Al Shabiba).

The three-day event will also showcase films from the GCC and other countries that focus on politics, human rights, drama and comedy, along with a wide range of subjects.

It aims to bring together budding directors from across the region and promote national unity.

"We have received an overwhelming response for this first short film festival we are organising in Bahrain," said organiser and society media head Hussain Al Oraibi.

"In addition to Bahraini films, we are screening short films from India, Mexico and other countries in the region.

"The aim of the festival is to use short films as a tool to spread the message of unity and peace and engage young Bahrainis to work towards the progress of the kingdom."

The society is accepting entries from other Gulf countries and young directors from across the world. Mr Oraibi said they chose the category of short films because they had the ability to convey an effective message to an audience in a brief time.

He said the films should not be longer than 30 minutes.

The event could be held at the Alumni Club in Adliya, but organisers are still waiting for confirmation.

Organisers are also looking for sponsorship from private companies to help them fund at least three projects. The festival is being held as part of the Wihda Wahda (Let's Unite) campaign, which is a national scheme promoting social reconciliation co-ordinated by the Social Development Ministry. For more information, contact the organisers through their Twitter account @unityff or e-mail


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