By Andy Sambidge
Abu Dhabi production company's Sea Shadow to go on general release across the GCC
The first Emirati film from Image Nation Abu Dhabi is set to go on general release in cinemas throughout the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain from Thursday.
Developed and produced by Image Nation Abu Dhabi and directed by acclaimed Emirati film director Nawaf Al-Janahi, Sea Shadow premiered at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in October.
The movie follows teenagers Mansour and Kaltham as they struggle with tradition and convention in their journey towards adulthood.
Bound by family and deeply-rooted values, the pair must find the courage to forge their own paths.
The film was shot entirely in the UAE with the majority of scenes taking place in Ras Al Khaimah.
Image Nation Abu Dhabi said in a statement that it is "committed to developing a local film industry in the UAE by producing films with Emirati content and talent, encouraging the growth of Emirati filmmakers, and advancing the quality of film production in the region".
Launched in 2008 as a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Media, Image Nation has rapidly become one of the world’s leading feature film producers.
The division has co-produced a number of feature films, including the Bollywood hit My Name is Khan, and Hollywood hits Fair Game, The Help, Contagion and The Double.