Muscat – Continuing its winning streak, the Omani documentary film Al Zeeg by director Salah al Hadhrami won the Best Documentary Film Award at the 2nd International Heritage Film Days held in Algeria from October 26 to 29.
More recently, the film won the Audience Award at the International Festival for Environmental Cinema in Gabes, Tunisia held from December 8 to 11.
Speaking to Muscat Daily from Tunis, Hadhrami said, “Three Omani directors participated with their films in the Tunisian festival. They are director Mohammed al Darushi with his film Ophiolite, which won an incentive award, and director Abdullah al Raisi won a festival committee award with his film Bird Paradise. My film won the audience award.”
Prior to these two awards, Al Zeeg has been feted at several local, Arab and international festivals. It won the Best Cinematography Award at Muscat Film Festival, the third place at the Arab Heritage Film Festival in Sharjah, UAE, the second place at the Kuwait New Film Festival, and the Best Director and Best Cinematography awards at the Diamond Cut International Film Festival in India.
Produced by Oman Film Society, Al Zeeg delves into the intimate relationship between Omanis and sugarcane cultivation.
The film documents 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.