Abu Dhabi filmfest to go green with Environmental Films programme

Abu Dhabi  - A new section in the second annual Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) to be held in the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi will be dedicated to films about the environment, organisers said.

"This programme showcases films whose themes are about the environment and humanity's place in the world," said Nashwa al- Ruwaini, Director of MEIFF, discussing the new category "Environmental Films."

He added that this section was being launched in conjunction with the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi.

Seven films from the UAE, Canada, the US, Britain and France will be screened in this section including all types of films, documentaries, animation, and narrative.

The environment film section goes hand-in-hand with Abu Dhabi's calls to preserving the environment and its wildlife, through a number of initiatives over the past few years, al-Ruwaini explained.

The section has been programmed in conjunction with Wildscreen, is a UK-based educational charity working globally to promote the public appreciation of the conservation of nature through films and still images.

Wildscreen will also be screening one of MEIFF's films, the Canadian "Saving Luna," at its own Festival this year.

"We believe that these two programs will add to the rich cultural profile of Abu Dhabi to captivate many more visitors and tourists alike," al-Ruwaini added.

The MEIFF, organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, is one of Abu Dhabi's attempts to become an important player in the global film industry. The festival runs October 10-19. (dpa)

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