By David Tusing, Deputy tabloid! editor www.gulfnews.com
Dubai: Not very far from the glitzy IWC Filmmaker Award at the One & Only Royal Mirage in Dubai, where Hollywood A-listers Cate Blanchett and Martin Sheen were honouring a director with the $100,000 film development prize, a very different celebration was being held at Burj Park in Downtown Dubai on Saturday night.
There were no cash prizes, no glamorous ball gowns, just a real good dose of reality. And some tears.
Champ of the Camp, the documentary film by award-winning Lebanese director Mahmoud Kaabour premiered at Screen on the Green, the Dubai International Film Festival’s (Diff) series of free film screenings introduced this year.
The evening was a poignant one: the film follows life for construction workers in the UAE, and as dreary scenes of worker accommodations filled the screen, the Burj Khalifa, which some men in the film had helped build, glistened in the background. More info