US Em­bassy holds movie night

Kuwait Times - - WHAT’S ON - By Faten Omar

As part of the ‘Dis­cover Amer­ica Week’, the US Em­bassy held a movie night on Sun­day at the Galleria Theater, where ‘The Mag­nif­i­cent Seven’ was screened. In his open­ing speech, Lawrence R Sil­ver­man, US Am­bas­sador to Kuwait, said: “This year marks the fourth an­nual Dis­cover Amer­ica Week. We are fea­tur­ing events through­out Kuwait high­light­ing dif­fer­ent as­pects of the United States, in­clud­ing mu­sic, film, food, sports, au­to­mo­biles, ed­u­ca­tion and tourism.”

He added there are spe­cial of­fers at Amer­i­can restau­rants and stores, dis­counts on food prod­ucts at the Sul­tan Cen­ter, as well as sem­i­nars about study­ing in the United States. “Be­fore we be­gin the film, I would like to speak about the pro­tec­tion of in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights. In 2015, the to­tal es­ti­mated re­tail price of goods seized by US au­thor­i­ties for vi­o­la­tion of in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights in­creased to $1.3 bil­lion,” Sil­ver­man said.

He pointed out that the Kuwaiti govern­ment has be­gun to take steps to strengthen pro­tec­tion and en­force­ment of in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights, “such as pass­ing a new copy­right law, but there is still much work to be done”. “Strong pro­tec­tion and en­force­ment of in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty is im­por­tant be­cause it’s the cor­ner­stone of eco­nomic growth - here in Kuwait as it is in Amer­ica,” Sil­ver­man noted. He added that the US be­lieves in an eco­nom­i­cally strong and pros­per­ous Kuwait and sup­ports Kuwait as it de­vel­ops its knowl­edge-based and cre­ative econ­omy. “As Kuwaiti laws are changed to en­cour­age for­eign in­vest­ment, Amer­i­can com­pa­nies are con­tribut­ing to this devel­op­ment.”

Sil­ver­man said “The Mag­nif­i­cent Seven” is a re­make of one of the most famous Western films from the 1960s. Mak­ing and view­ing movies is an in­te­gral part of Amer­i­can cul­ture, and the ve­hi­cle by which some of Amer­ica’s great­est tal­ents dis­play their craft. The film is en­riched by the orig­i­nal sound­track of one of Amer­ica’s most famous and well-re­spected com­posers, the late Academy Award win­ner Elmer Bern­stein.

At the end of the event, Sil­ver­man thanked Dis­cover Amer­ica Week spon­sors: Crowne Plaza, Qatar Air­ways, Jeep, Al-An­baa news­pa­per, Ci­nescape, Al­shaya, the Sul­tan Cen­ter, the Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Kuwait and the Amer­i­can Busi­ness Coun­cil-Kuwait.

he vis­it­ing In­done­sian folk­lore team won the hearts of the au­di­ence in a two-hour per­for­mance at Ab­dul­hus­sain Ab­dul Ridha Theater over the week­end. The In­done­sian Em­bassy or­ga­nized the event in co­op­er­a­tion of Kuwait Na­tional Coun­cil for Cul­ture, Arts and Let­ters on the oc­ca­sion of the com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 71st An­niver­sary of In­done­sia’s In­de­pen­dence Day. — Photo by Joseph Sha­gra

US Am­bas­sador Lawrence Sil­ver­man with the spon­sors.

Lawrence R Sil­ver­man, Am­bas­sador of the United States of Amer­ica to Kuwait, de­liv­ers his speech.

— Pho­tos by Joseph Sha­gra

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