By Courtney Trenwith
Nanny Culture has already won critics’ praise.
An Emirati documentary that takes a light-hearted look at the community of nannies in the UAE is set to be screened at the Miami Independent Film Festival in the US, and at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada in August and October, respectively.
Nanny Culture features real footage intersected with acted scenes. It is based on an idea from Sheikha Alyazia bint Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the daughter of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Social Development.
The film tells the story of Emirati citizen Mohammed Al Hammadi’s family, who temporarily hire a British nanny to help manage the daily schedule of their children. The documentary details the relationship that develops between the nanny and the children as she tries to guide them and change their daily habits.
The team behind the film say it reflects the UAE culture, the level of acceptance towards other nationalities, and the interaction of foreigners with the UAE’s heritage.
Directed by Brit Paul James Driscoll and produced by Anasy Media Production, it stars social media sensation Abdulaziz Al Jasmi, better known as Bin Baz and features the song Tim Tar by famous musician and singer Bombino.
It has already attracted the attention of media and critics in the US and the UK, where is has been screen in several London theatres, including Regent Street. It was also screen at the Sydney International Film Festival in Australia, Hollywood Florida Film Festival in America, Silk Road Festival in Ireland, and Hong Kong Art House Film Festival.
Nanny Culture won the Best Documentary Award at Los Angeles Film Festival, Hollywood Golden Film Award, American Film Awards and Phoenix Film Festival in Melbourne.