8-The Year of Sci-fi
and Comic Con was the premier of the trailer for the Emiratiproduced film Aerials, which producers say is the UAE’S, and possibly the Arab world’s, first feature-length sci-fi film. The convention also premiered the trailer to local filmmaker Faisal Hashmi’s latest short, Sleight, which envisions a Dubai invaded by aliens complete with shots of an alien spaceship hovering over the Burj Khalifa. Date of release is set for early this year.
Cultural festivals like Shubbak Festival and Emirates Litfest have hosted panels on Arab sci-fi, while leading international art fair, Art Dubai, recently featured the sci-fi-influenced work of artist Mehreen Murtaza. Iraqi author Hassan Blasim is slated to release Iraq +100, a futuristic anthology that reimagines Iraq and Nabil Ayouch, Morocco's most acclaimed director, is soon to release his futuristic film envisioning the Arab world in 50 years.