Dark Chocholate

Dania Moussa

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Gweet

Dana Owies

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Jamila

Yusuf Noaman

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Make Me Hear

Achref Jaghmoun

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Lamia Khonda

Khaled Al Rayes

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Matilda

Chloé Bou Merhi

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My Second Eye

Ahmed Saleh

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The Bean Merchant’s Daughter

Raymond Aftimos

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The Kanoo Group’s parent company, Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo is one of the largest, independent, family-owned groups of companies with diversified business industries from shipping, travel, machinery, logistics, property, oil & gas, power industrial chemicals, joint ventures, among others. Founded in 1890 by Haji Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo, the family business grew from its early trading and shipping enterprise into becoming one of the highly regarded business houses in the Gulf region and beyond. From Bahrain, the company spread in Saudi Arabia in 1930s. In 1967, Hamed Kanoo came from Saudi Arabia to the UAE to propagate the family business. He established The Kanoo Group as a trusted name in the UAE from a humble start of 5 people including him.

Presently, The Kanoo Group operates extensively through various divisions, with over 1,200 people working for the group and its joint ventures. Mishal Kanoo serves as the Chairman of The Kanoo Group based in UAE & Oman.

Our Vision
The Leading Family Business In The Region And Beyond

Our Mission
Delivering Sustainable Excellence

Our Values
Customer Focused, Ethical, Innovative, Agile, Competent & Intelligent, Collaborative, Accountable
P.O. Box 290, Dubai, UAE. Toll Free: 800 KANOO, Fax: 04-3933636,
Websites: www.kanoo.com            www.kanoogroup.com

MISSION & VISION

We aspire to build a diversified group of companies that transcend geographic and cultural borders, while striving for inclusive leadership, global competitiveness and sustainable value for all of our stakeholders.

Actively supporting operations across strategic sectors.

Crescent Enterprises, one of the UAE’s most prominent multinational companies, has succeeded in growing a diverse, global range of sustainable, scalable and profitable operating firms. Through its 20 subsidiaries and affiliates, Crescent Enterprises employs over 5,000 dedicated professionals and operates across five continents.

Website: www.crescententerprises.com      

Fully owned by the Mawarid Group, the Orbit Group is a diversified media and communications company with investments in operations across sectors along the entire value chain.

Loyal to its mission to “provide services to every home and business in the Arab world”, the Orbit Group is committed to realise its vision to “create, manage and deliver content in all forms”.

Orbit Group’s current investments include OSN, Media Gates and Orbit Data Systems. Among others, Orbit is affiliated with Integrated Telecom Company (ITC), a leading Saudi based telecom provider.

Website: www.orbit.net

International Film Distribution or IFD is a Kuwait based distribution company specializing in Middle East and North Africa distribution with a catalogue of award-winning feature films. IFD arose out of KNCC’s acquisition and distribution department to become it’s own entity.

Kuwait National Cinema Company (KNCC), Cinescape, was founded in October 5th 1954, and for more than half a century, has been the first exhibitor and distributor in the Gulf Region for Arabic, English, and Indian films. With more than 53 screens across more than 11 locations, KNCC became the Pioneer of the regions cinema industry and the prominent actor of the entertainment landscape in the State of Kuwait. KNCC began in film acquisition and distribution very early on and in 2007 established IFD – International Film Distribution Co. to carry on its legacy.

In 2005, KNCC (now IFD) joined alliances with Front Row Filmed Entertainment, an established Film Distributor in the region which throughout the years, has proved to be one of the strongest Distribution companies in the Middle East to be affiliated with major Independent studios

In 2007, IFD was established as a separate entity that focuses solely on acquisitions and distribution, however it still stays a prominent part of KNCC. IFD has built a fast growing brand at many worldwide markets and film festivals including Cannes, EFM/ Berlinale, AFM, and The Dubai Film Festival. IFD are proud to be partners with Front Row Filmed Entertainment, a prominent Film distribution company based in Dubai.

Website: www.ifd.com.kw      

Dark Chocholate

Dania Moussa

Country: United Arab Emirates

Year: 2016

Duration: 27 min

Original Version: Arabic

Genre: Drama

Synopsis

When Suhad, the (46 year-old) chocolate maker, falls on her own kitchen at the old side of Dubai, she finds out that she needs a quick brain surgery that will result in a partial memory loss. She decides to record her journey to the shop which she buys her chocolate ingredients from, and ends up walking in a new way that will make her question her realizations about her life.

Credits

Production: TASNIM AL SAYED

Screenplay: Dania A. Moussa, Samah Sarisi

Cinematography: Maroa Al Dhubhani

Editing: Dania A. Moussa

Music: Sherif Hamad

Thenical Details

Color: Color

Gweet

Dana Owies

Country: United Arab Emirates

Year: 2017

Duration: 15 min

Original Version: Arabic

Genre: Drama

Synopsis

Under a brutal school system, Dia’a, a 16-year-old Jordanian who’s passionate about photography, finds himself placed in a school occupied with constant fear, violence, and uprising. In it, he meets a faculty member who shares a common passion for photography, and in their encounter, he finds his safe-haven. However, that slowly changes once a Jordanian bully, befriends him, and puts his loyalty and worth to the test against bullying Dia’a’s one and only true friend, the faculty member

Credits

Production: MOHAMMED BIN RASHID SCHOOL FOR COMMUNICATION

Jamila

Yusuf Noaman

Country: Egypt

Year: 2016

Duration: 15 min

Original Version: Arabic

Genre: Drama

Synopsis

In a psychiatric hospital, Jamila spells out her story … She speaks out her pain caused by the dark reality and dreams that are hovering inside her head … She speaks her pain .. her dream … and her needs. About a few days of departure, she narrates her thoughts to her psychiatrist, her self… and us.

Credits

Production: YUSUF NOAMAN

Cinematography: Hesham ELhelw

Set Design: Maram Shams, Basem Hany

Editing: Mohamed Mamdoh

Music: Mohamed Saleh

Thenical Details

Color: Color / Black & White

Make Me Hear

Achref Jaghmoun

Country: Tunisia

Year: 2017

Duration: 7 min

Original Version: Arabic

Genre: Experimental

Synopsis

In this film the deaf character will experience his sense of hearing for the first time in his life.

Credits

Production: ESAC

Cinematography: Achref Jaghmoun

Sound: Bechir Ghorbel

Set Design: Amira Jaghmoun

Editing: Achref Jaghmoun

Thenical Details

Aspect Ratio: 1.33

Color: Color

Lamia Khonda

Khaled Al Rayes

Country: Syria

Year: 2017

Duration: 17 min

Original Version: Arabic

Genre: Thriller

Synopsis

The film is based on the story of a 45 year old Iraqi woman during the Gulf War in Kuwait. We follow her journey as destiny takes its course.

Credits

Production: RACHELLE KARAKOZIAN

Cast: Darina Al Jundi, Fadi Abi Samra, Mariana Abou Elias

Screenplay: Khaled Al Rayes

Cinematography: Julien Kai

Sound: Tony Khoury

Editing: Rawad El Hachem

Thenical Details

Aspect Ratio: 1.78

Color: Black & White

Matilda

Chloé Bou Merhi

Country: Lebanon

Year: 2017

Duration: 17 min

Original Version: Arabic

Genre: Drama

Synopsis

Sarah, aged twenty five, is in full mourning after the sudden loss of her husband. On the forty first day after his death, she stumbles upon a box containing bills that she finds intriguing. Between the shock of the sudden death of her husband and that of his double life, Sarah decides to clarify this mystery and to go to the address mentioned in the bills. A big surprise was awaiting her at the address: her late husband’s sister, who’s mentally handicapped, lives there with her carer.

Credits

Production: IESAV

Screenplay: Chloé Bou Merhi

Cinematography: Anthony Yazbeck

Editing: Omar Kebbe

Thenical Details

Aspect Ratio: 1.78

Color: Black & White

My Second Eye

Ahmed Saleh

Original title: Ayny

Country: Palestine, Germany, Jordan

Year: 2016

Duration: 11 min

Original Version: Arabic

Genre: Animation

Synopsis

A cruel war has taken the home of two brothers. Their mother protects them under her arms and fosters the seed of their new life. But the boys chase their dream to play a music instrument they’ve fallen in love with – a beautiful oud.

Credits

Production: STEFAN GIEREN

The Bean Merchant’s Daughter

Raymond Aftimos

Original title: Bent El Fawwal

Country: Lebanon

Year: 2016

Duration: 25 min

Original Version: Arabic

Genre: Drama

Synopsis

Prince Hussam keeps on teasing Zeinah, one of the three daughters of Rasheed, the bean merchant. But Zeinah fights back. This leads to a series of reactions and counter-reactions with mutual hate (or seduction?) growing increasingly.

Credits

Production: IESAV

Screenplay: Raymond Aftimos

Thenical Details

Color: Color