It’s always a good thing to support diversity in he world of filmmaking. You must check out the film Dunya’s Day. Director Raed Alsemari’s live-action short film centers on a young woman and her relentless pursuit of status. Just one of the accolades this must-see film received was the Jury Award at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Depicting a subset of Arab society – where veganism is trending, and graduation parties are akin to the Met Gala.
Raed Alsemari is a filmmaker from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His short film Dunya’s Day premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Jury Award for International Fiction. Before pursuing his MFA in Filmmaking at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Alsemari completed his BA in History and Literature at Harvard University with a focus on Postcolonial Studies.
Producer Sarah Elnawasrah is an Arab-American currently working in Saudi Arabia’s burgeoning film industry as an independent film producer and assistant director. She produced the short film Dunya’s Day which won the Jury Award at Sundance 2019. Most recently, she was the producer on an omnibus feature made of six short films, written and directed entirely by Saudi women. She holds a BA in Global Studies and Psychology from the University of Illinois.
Dunya’s Day has been selected for numerous film festivals including Palm Springs International ShortFest, San Francisco International Film Festival, Hollyshorts, Urbanworld Film Festival, and Sundance. It will screen at DC Shorts Film Festival and the Arab Film Festival (SF). Read more here at https://raedalsemari.format.com/