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Nat Geo to show Oscar-winning Free Solo in Middle East in April

Local screenings of Free Solo are also planned in the UAE, according to National Geographic

Nat Geo to show Oscar-winning Free Solo in Middle East in April
Free Solo is a portrait of the free soloist climber Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream.

Free Solo, the Oscar-winning documentary co-produced with Abu Dhabi-based Image Nation, will be shown on National Geographic channels in the Middle East starting from April.

Local screenings are also planned in the UAE, National Geographic said on Monday.

National Geographic’s Free Solo was awarded an Oscar for Best Documentary (Feature) at the Academy Awards held on Sunday night in Los Angeles.

This is the latest accolade for the documentary which has already been honoured with the BAFTA for Best Documentary, three Cinema Eye Honors and three Critics Choice documentary awards, Cinema Audio Society award, ACE editor’s guild awards as well as PGA and DGA nominations.

From documentary filmmaker Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin, Free Solo is a portrait of the free soloist climber Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream - climbing the world’s most famous rock, the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, without a rope.

“We are very excited to be bringing National Geographic’s award-winning Free Solo to Arab audiences, fully dubbed in Arabic, and airing it across the Middle East on National Geographic Abu Dhabi alongside the English version on National Geographic,” said Sanjay Raina, general manager and senior vice president, Fox Networks Group.

“We are also proud to have partnered with Image Nation, an Abu Dhabi based, global company to produce a visual masterpiece that has delighted and inspired so many people around the world,” Raina added.

The film was named one of the top 10 films of the year by Entertainment Weekly and was praised by critics across the globe.