UAE popular cinema

Abdulrahman Alghannam

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This video attempts to examine how UAE constructs its local and popular cinema by looking at the nation-first large budget film, City of Life (Ali Mustafa, 2009). The Emirati cinema is becoming an important component of the Middle Eastern’ film industries, which represents the likelihood of Gulf film industry.

The video questions whether City of life‘s plot and narrative were borrowed or remade aspects of Hollywood popular cinema.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSt Andrews
PublisherFrames Cinema journal
Media of outputFilm
Size5 minutes
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2016


  • UAE
  • popular cinema
  • Gulf region
  • Cinema
  • Film industry
  • City of Life


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