Pakistani Documentary Film Wins Top Award at UAE Competition
A Pakistani documentary has won the highest award at a competition in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Abu Dhabi.
“Dinner with the President”, a film by Sabiha Sumar and Sachithanandam Sathananthan was conferred the Grand Award (Gold), carrying an amount of 500,000 dirhams, at the first-ever international documentary competition in the United Arab Emirates on Friday.
Speaking in Urdu and English after receiving the award, Sabiha Sumar said: “I hope that people will understand our country better after watching the documentary.
“It is a big honour for me to receive the award. The documentary competition is a first step for the promotion of documentaries, but a major and wonderful step,” Sabiha said. Sabiha was born in Karachi in 1961. She studied filmmaking and political science at the Sarah Lawrence College, New York, and international relations at the University of Cambridge.
“Dinner with the President” was among 14 films short-listed by the jury from a field of 136 entries - 115 of them from the UAE alone. An Egyptian production, was adjudged the second best documentary.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />