Dubai, UAE: Media students from Murdoch University Dubai showcased their cinematic talent in a bid to raise awareness amongst the community at the Human Rights Short Film Competition. Organized by the Community Development Authority (CDA), the competition targets university students in the UAE and aims to collectively raise knowledge about human rights values.
The team from Murdoch Dubai secured the third position in the category ‘Rights for Children with Disabilities’ with their film titled ‘Khalid’. The short masterpiece focuses on a conversation between parents and explores the challenges and paradigms associated with raising children who require special attention. The film was a result of an intense team effort of media students Omar El Kattouri, Sally Ghannoum and Sali Mousli who were led by Ahmad Al Saidy, and mentored by lecturer Partick Fronda and Maha Sidahmed, Head of the Media and Communication program at Murdoch University Dubai.
Said Ahmad Al Saidy, “Working on ‘Khalid’ was a challenge…as a team we were confident, yet it was a tough competition with 42 entries and we are ecstatic to have earned the third place. This achievement will certainly not be our last, under the able guidance and supervision of Mr Patrick Fronda and Ms Maha Sidahmed.”
“We’re humbled by this win, especially in a competition that advocates for such strong social issues in the region,” said Maha who has encouraged the school’s vision for students to create more content and gain exposure in the competitive film environment. Students of the media program have been actively participating in industry events and competitions.
Last month, Ahmad and Omar assisted Patrick Fronda for the Samsung Short Film competition, where their entry was shortlisted and showcased at the Dubai International Film Festival.
Murdoch University Dubai is proud of the team and yet another accomplishment has been added to the many successes that the School of Media, Communication and Culture has achieved.
About Murdoch University Dubai:
Since 2008, Murdoch University Dubai has had an outstanding reputation as a fully accredited Australian university in Dubai providing students with a globally focused education. Murdoch University is ranked 60th in the Times Higher Education ranking of the world’s top 100 universities under 50 years old. Murdoch University has also earned a 5 star graduate employment rating by students in the popular Good Universities Guide 2015. The Murdoch School of Arts houses world class facilities including; TV and radio studios, newsrooms and advance editing suites. All programs offered at Murdoch University Dubai are accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) in Australia and permitted by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Government of Dubai.
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