The NYUAD Art Gallery is pleased to invite you to a screening of Amal, a film by Nujoom Alghanem.

Amal arrives in the UAE, filled with dreams and a 1-year work contract on a TV project. After the first year, she finds herself unable to achieve her most simple goals, which require her to continuously shift jobs. She soon realises that her rich experience as an artist in Syria, is of little value in the UAE, where she remains on the fringe of its arts and culture scene. Feeling lost and forgotten in a foreign land, she is faced with the challenge of deciding to stay or leave.

Nujoom Alghanem is an Emirati artist, poet, scriptwriter and multi- award-winning film director. She was born in Dubai in 1962, has published eight poetry collections and produced eleven films including five short fictions and six feature length documentaries. Her films have won local, regional and international prizes. She is the founder of Nahar Productions, a film production company based in Dubai and a professional trainer in filmmaking and creative writing.

This film screening is in connection with But We Cannot See Them: Tracing a UAE Art Community, 1988-2008, on view at the NYUAD Art Gallery from March 2 to May 27.