Young Emirati Filmmaker wins Image Nation’s First Documentary Competition

A young Emirati filmmaker has scooped a prestigious award for her powerful documentary exploring the taboo subject of female circumcision in the Middle East.


Amena Al Nowais, 26, received the ‘​​Best Documentary’ award in Image Nation’s first short documentary competition for her film, Omnia, a first-hand account of a young Egyptian woman coming to terms with the fact she was circumcised as a child.


Amena competed against five other finalists in the Arab Film Studio Documentary competition (AFS Docs), all who tackled a range of fascinating subjects – from the story of a young Emirati artist looking for approval from his father (Made of Clay), to an account of an ethnic Rohingya Muslim living as a refugee in Dubai (The Absentees).


Image Nation plans to offer internships and work opportunities to select AFS Docs finalists. Amena Al Nowais recently joined as a researcher on a new documentary project in development, and prior to the AFS program she participated in Image Nation’s international program Chance of a Lifetime.

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