View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Friday, September 4, 2009

Freej: The Bright Star in the UAE Film Firmament

Last week, Brian Stelter of the New York Times, was discussing the obstacles facing the UAE film industry but this week (3 September) he is highlighting a positive sign in indigenous film making in the Emirates.

During the communal and time-rich month of Ramadan UAE television channels display their best programs and the one that is capturing the imagination of the Emirates is ‘Freej’, the first 3-D animated series.

‘Freej’, is created by Mohammed Saeed Harib and is an Emirati version of ‘The Simpsons’ or ‘South Park’ but with a desire to gain the appreciation of a large worldwide audience.

Stelter gives the background on how Harib imagined the concept and discusses his progress and pitfalls as he walks the tightrope of Arab humor.

Read the article and watch some programs of ‘Freej’:

Brian Stelter, Dubai Superheroes: Little Old Grannies Who Wear Veils, New York Times, 2 September 2009.

On Related Sites
Fujairah Corniche Coming Alive during Ramadan, Fujairah in Focus, 1 September 2009.

Coming Second or Losing in the America’s Cup, America’s Cup in the UAE, 4 September 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

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Image: ‘Freej’ characters and creator (photos courtesy of the New York Times at the above link).