Industry: Arts and entertainment
Designation: Filmmaker, writer
Mahmoud Kaabour’s list of achievements seems endless. When his first movie, Being Osama, came out, the Lebanese filmmaker received four international awards and became the youngest commissioned filmmaker in the history of Canadian television when the movie was aired on 12 international channels.
Starting with a special jury mention for Best Arab Filmmaker at its world premiere at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, his second movie, ‘Teta, Alf Marra’ (‘Grandma, A Thousand Times’), went on to receive five major audience awards and best film awards, and also got him a New York Times ‘Critics’ Pick’.
‘Teta, Alf Marra’ was the first locally produced documentary to show in cinemas in the UAE, and the first Gulf documentary to become an official qualifier for the Oscars, with theatrical runs in Los Angeles and New York City.
His third film, ‘Champ of the Camp’, a documentary set in the controversial labour camps across the UAE, premiered at the 10th Dubai International Film Festival in 2013, attracting over a thousand viewers. The film offers intimate access to the scenes of daily routines and emotional reflections of labourers from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh on life in Dubai.
Through his UAE-based company that specialises in the creation and production of non-fiction content, Veritas Films, Kaabour aims to raise the standard of corporate films and documentaries produced in the Gulf state.