'The <i>Shawati'</i> Interviews': Emirati Filmmaker Khalid Al Mahmood
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Khalid Al Mahmood, image courtesy of the filmmaker
While I am the first to hate labels imposed by the world around us, I made a conscious choice to include "Emirati filmmaker" in the title of this interview with Khalid Al Mahmood, part of a supplement on Gulf cinema culture published in the wonderful Shawati' Abu Dhabi. Because to be an "Emirati filmmaker" today is to be a pioneer, a trailblazer, someone at the forefront of a movement that is just beginning, yet changes so quickly day by day, progressing and evolving, that it's hard to keep up.
Cinema in the Gulf, the Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and all the surrounding countries that make up this region, is here to stay. But more importantly, it's here to develop, mature, expand and one day, overtake all other world industries. And there are two reasons for that: One, that it's deeply rooted in the traditional Khaliji culture of story-telling and two, that demographically, the Gulf region has some of the youngest, most willing
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