The producer of the animation Assila, which was screened at the Museum of Islamic Arts (MIA) open theatre and will be shown tomorrow at the City Center Mall, said his company was planning to produce more Arabic animation.
Marwan Rahbani of Rahbani Productions and producer of Assila said he wanted to do more Arabic animations as it was discovered that the Arabic library has a very poor collection when it comes to animation for children.
Rahbani said animation was an important aspect in film-making as it is the best way to reach children, teach them values — in short, the best way to reach them.
“We have been working on this film for four years and I am proud of this project… It is a film with a great story… a story about love, loyalty, faithfulness… and lots of drama,” said Rahbani during the welcome lunch at the Al Mourjan restaurant.
Rahbani said he was glad that the world premiere of Assila was during the launch of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF).
“The preparation for the DTFF was great and I am happy we are showing for the first time Assila… I wish DTFF the best and I hope they keep moving forward, because in the end, nothing matters except culture and arts,” said Rahbani.
The DTFF, which is the brainchild of H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, was officially launched on Thursday with pomp and pageantry.
Assila is one of the films shown during the festival, which will run until November 1. The film was directed by Iraqi-Hungarian filmmaker Thamer Al Zedi which takes the viewers on an animated journey into the life of beautiful mare, Assila. The film runs for 93 minutes.
Rahbani Productions has offices here, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Lebanon.