Pyramovies Co-Production ‘Son of Babylon’ receives outstanding support at the Middle East International Film Festival

Published October 15th, 2009 - 10:32 GMT

Son of Babylon, which screened its world premiere at the Middle East International Film Festival Abu Dhabi on Friday was received with all screenings sold-out and massive public support post screening.  The film comes as the first feature-length film since the launch of the Pyramedia division in April.


“We were astonished by the reception we received from the audience after the film, there were standing ovations and tears all at the same time.  This is exactly the reaction we hoped for and we hope that the film will continue to receive support wherever it goes on to screen” said Al Ruwaini.


The press conference for the film held yesterday was moderated by Intishal Al Tamimi, and featured Peter Scarlet, Executive Director of MEIFF, Nashwa Al Ruwaini, CEO of Pyramedia, Mohamed Al Daradji, Director of Son of Babylon and Atia Al Daradji, Producer of Son of Babylon. 



CEO Nashwa Al Ruwaini chaired the ‘Women in Film’ panel at The Circle Conference yesterday with the aim of setting goalposts for creating more opportunities for women in the film industry within the Middle East.  Speaking of her own experience as a television and filmmaker, Nashwa spoke of the obstacles she faced in her career over the past 20 years.  Other panelists included, Nayla Al Khaja, Deepa Mehta, Sheikh. Al-Zain Al-Sabah and Barbara DeFina.


Speaking again later in the day at the Masterclass on developing Co-Productions in the region, Nashwa highlighted the point of needing to establish co-production treaties between Arab nations in order to support higher quality and increased numbers of productions.  The Masterclass was chaired by Tony Orsten, CEO of TwoFour54 and included panelists Stephen McDonough, Head of Co-Production Funding BBC Worldwide; Fadi Ismail, MBC group Director of Services; Mahmoud Al Massad, Writer/director/producer; Amin Matalqa, Jordanian Writer/Director, and Daniela Tully, Vice President of Development, Imagenation.



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