Di­wan cel­e­brates award-win­ning movie ‘Habib Al Ardh’

Kuwait Times - - WHAT’S ON - By Nawara Fat­ta­hova

The old di­wan of Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah hosted a cel­e­bra­tion mark­ing the fourth an­niver­sary of the found­ing of Lu­lua Pro­duc­tion House and the first an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the First Cin­ema Troupe, in ad­di­tion to the suc­cess of the first movie pro­duced by Lu­lua - ‘Habib Al Ardh’ - at the Alexan­dria In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val and the Gulf Fes­ti­val in Abu Dhabi. The cel­e­bra­tion was at­tended by many pop­u­lar ac­tors and the media.

Sheikha In­ti­sar Salem Al-Ali, Pres­i­dent of Lu­lua and the Al Nowair Ini­tia­tive for Pos­i­tiv­ity, said she is sure “we are on the right path”. “Our goal was to make Kuwait the cap­i­tal of the film in­dus­try in the GCC. I worked on achiev­ing this goal with my team for the past few years by set­ting up a strong base and plat­form for cre­ative youth. There are many cre­ative young Kuwaitis who need to be sup­ported to im­prove their tal­ents. This was the rea­son be­hind found­ing the First Cin­ema Troupe, where top aca­demics train mem­bers of the group. Eigh­teen tal­ented stars have grad­u­ated as di­rec­tors, in­te­rior de­sign­ers, light­ing, voice and makeup tech­ni­cians and screen­writ­ers to form the base of the cin­ema in­dus­try, not only at Lu­lua Pro­duc­tion, but in Kuwait in gen­eral,” stressed Sheikha In­ti­sar.

She said Lu­lua will al­ways be the plat­form and gath­er­ing point for young film­mak­ers in the GCC and the Arab re­gion. “We will al­ways sup­port them as there are many cre­ative in­di­vid­u­als seek­ing a chance to show their cre­ativ­ity. I think that pre­sent­ing these tal­ents is one of the main rea­sons for the suc­cess of the cin­ema in­dus­try in the world,” she noted. “We will present many movies that show the beauty of Kuwait,” she added.

Sheikha In­ti­sar founded Lu­lua Pro­duc­tion House as a non­profit to reach the pub­lic through art and de­liver her mes­sage. “The media has a great role in high­light­ing the im­por­tant per­son­al­i­ties who have a long his­tory of strug­gle. Our first movie Habib Al Ardh was suc­cess­ful, and our com­pany will con­tinue to pro­duce ex­cel­lent movies,” she vowed.

Ra­madan Khas­roh, Di­rec­tor of the First Cin­ema Troupe, said young tal­ents need help and a chance. “When I wrote the screen­play of Habib Al Ardh, I went to the house of the mar­tyr Fayiq Ab­dul­jaleel and spoke to his fam­ily to get in­for­ma­tion about his life. I also searched for his friends to get a com­plete view and worked on this movie for four years. The re­sult was a suc­cess­ful movie that re­ceived in­ter­na­tional awards,” he ex­plained.

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