Muscat – The Omani documentary Al Zeeg has been selected for screening at the 12th Arab Film Festival. This event, organised by the Korean-Arab Society, is taking place in South Korea.
Al Zeeg is among ten films, representing nine Arab nations including Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Algeria, Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, Palestine, and Oman. It marks a milestone for Omani cinema with Al Zeeg being the first film from Oman to participate in the festival since its inception in 2008.
The film has already been screened in Busan and is scheduled for two shows in Seoul on August 3 and August 6.
Expressing his satisfaction with the documentary’s inclusion in the festival, director Salah al Hadhrami said, “This is a source of pride for the entire team, given that Omani films have not previously participated in this festival. I congratulate the crew for this achievement.”
Produced by Oman Film Society, Al Zeeg delves into the intimate relationship between Omanis and sugarcane cultivation.
The film details the challenges involved in producing sugarcane syrup.
Additionally, it underscores the nutritional and economic importance of sugarcane, while exploring the social implications of embracing change and modernisation.
Having earned numerous local and international awards, Al Zeeg has been chosen for screening at several local and international events, putting the spotlight on Omani culture.