Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Syrian actor Abed Fahed remarked: “SIFF has always played a key role in enhancing the media literacy of children and young people who are the hope of our future. Let us remember that it is our responsibility to increase their awareness and enrich their culture.”
In his address, Yahya Mahayni, Syrian actor and writer and winner of the Best Actor Award in the Horizons section at the Venice International Film Festival 2020, took the opportunity to share his life lessons with the young audience.
“Everybody aspires for happiness – for some it is fame and money, for others it may be travelling, discovering new places, or languages. I always keep reminding myself that all these things are a means to an end, and that is happiness. There are multitude of ways to achieve it; the important thing is to be able to sustain your curiosity and imagination and pursue [your dreams],” he continued.
Mahayani added: “In my opinion, what will bring lasting happiness is self-satisfaction. Achieve your best potential, be the best person you can be and continuously work towards becoming a better person. Only when you do that you are fulfilling the purpose of your existence. I encourage each of you to ask yourself what is it that makes you satisfied with yourself. Write it down so that you can remind yourself each day and motivate yourself to becoming what you want to be. It has worked for me; it should for you too.”
The opening ceremony concluded with the Junior Jurors and the Jurors for the various categories being introduced to the audience.
SIFF 2021 opened with the South Korean film Bori, making its Middle East debut. Directed by Kim Jin-Yu, the charming film narrated the story of Bori who lives with her parents and little brother, the only member in an otherwise deaf and silent household who can talk and hear and constantly prays to go deaf too. The film focuses on the young girl's struggle to fit in with her own family.
The full slate of films at SIFF 2021 include more than 80 films from 38 countries, including 6 world premieres, 34 Middle East and four GCC premieres, and four films being shown for the first time in the UAE.
SIFF will also host 34 workshops and five panel discussions in English and Arabic, presented by a host of renowned filmmakers, on various aspects of filmmaking.
The United Arab Emirates has expressed its deep regret and condemnation of the recognition by the United States of the Syrian Golan Heights as sovereign Israeli territory, describing it as a move that disrupts all efforts to achieve a lasting peace in the Middle East.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has launched its new global campaign in Ramadan called ‘Be The Light,’ that brings to life the journey of refugees in their efforts to find safety
Contemporary art has always drawn the attention of the UAE and its innovative artists, who put excessive efforts in shedding light on the traditional and modern artwork, in order to introduce the world to the creativity and talent of youth in the UAE. Throughout the years, the UAE has supported and sponsored many gifted artists, and encouraged the emergence of their work by providing workshops and art centres to improve and showcase such talents.
A Palestinian grandmother, Jihad Batu, 85, was enrolled in school for the first time when he was 12 but had to quit school because of the displacement of Palestinians in 1948.
The strange incident was witnessed by the Aswan University Hospital after a patient who was suffering from severe abdominal pain went to a doctor.
Sheikh Hamdan wrote, “I enjoyed mountain biking in Mushrif National Park, the first mountain bike trail in the heart of Dubai with a length of 50 kilometers.”
Noting the impact of hundreds of films, particularly animation, and workshops offered by SIFF to stimulate young imaginations, Masoud Amralla Al Ali said that the festival has been nurturing a deep love and understanding of cinematic arts in children and youth.