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Amal Mohamed wins Best Asian Actress at Septimius Film Awards

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates – Emirati actress Amal Mohamed has won Best Asian Actress at the Septimius Film Awards in the Netherlands for her role in the Emirati film ‘218: Behind the Wall of Silence’which is the first production of Sharjah Media City (Shams) and the first crowdsourced film in the Arab world.

The film was nominated in three categories at the Septimius Film Awards, namely Best Director, Best Actress and Best Asian Film. Septimius aims to recognize and encourage independent filmmaking talent, supporting visionary films and bringing together all elements of filmmaking and storytelling.

His Excellency Dr. Khalid Omar Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Media City (Shams), said, “Shams prides itself on producing works of art that leave an unmistakable mark on the Emirati creative scene. The film ‘218’ is our first foray into this realm, and the fact that Emirati actress Amal Mohamed won Best Asian Actress at the prestigious Septimius Film Awards truly underlines the meticulous quality of the production, as well as her ability to convey a social message. important. This, in turn, demonstrates our ability to compete and produce work that can impact the film industry.

“We congratulate Amal Mohamed on this achievement and wish her every success in her career,” HE Al Midfa added. “We also take this opportunity to reiterate that ‘218’ was just the start of Shams’ journey in the film industry, and we will be working on more outstanding productions that cement the UAE’s leadership in the arts and creative industries – sectors we aim to support both in the UAE and in the region, all the time training and empowering a new generation of filmmakers through our various initiatives.

The Emirati thriller drama features a girl recounting her story with her family. Her experience sheds light on various social issues ranging from domestic violence to nostalgia and the desire for revenge. ‘218’ is directed by Emirati filmmaker Nahla Al Fahad and stars Habib Ghuloom, Mansoor Alfeeli, Amal Mohamed, Abdulla bin Haidar, Haifa Al Ali and Fatma Jasim.

The film is a product of the UAE Entertainment Experience initiative, launched by Sharjah Media City (Shams) in 2019, under the slogan “Cinema Starts Here”, to develop the infrastructure of the film industry in all areas of cinema. creative and technical. production. The initiative has trained several film industry professionals, who have contributed to the production of ‘218: Behind the Wall of Silence’.


For more information please contact:

  • Mohamed Darwish, ASDA’A-BCW
  • Arwa Arbi, ASDA’A-BCW

About Sharjah Media City (Shams)

Sharjah Media City (Shams) was established in January 2017 by decree of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Sharjah, as a Free Zone within the Emirate of Sharjah with its own integrated infrastructure. Shams offers an attractive investment environment for small and medium enterprises and startups in the emirate, offering a host of services and facilities that enable entrepreneurs to expand and grow their business. It also provides human resources support in the media and creative industries.

Shams offers 100% ownership opportunities to foreign investors, providing integrated solutions for business development across a wide range of sectors and business activities, and ensuring full flexibility to switch between business activities.