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Musk Lands its World Premiere at the Trans-Saharan International Film Festival in Morocco

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Musk Lands its World Premiere at the Trans-Saharan International Film Festival in Morocco


Emirati director Humaid Alsuwaidi's film Musk will land its world premiere at the 15th Trans-Saharan International Film Festival in Zegura, Morocco (13-17 December).

The 15th edition of the Trans-Saharan International Film Festival in Morocco will be held under the theme of "Cinema, Immigration and Citizenship" with a programme comprising of three competitions: the Official Competition for Feature Films, in addition to a Screenplay Award for Young Writers, and a Competition for Young Short Filmmakers. Moroccan actors Saadia Ladib and Amine Ennaji will also be honored for their exceptional careers.

After giving up a promising career in museum management to attend to his ailing father, Ahmed spends his days managing the family's dying perfume business. This sacrifice and his divorce have made him cynical about human nature and this manifests itself in his relationship with Abdulrahman, his aloof 12-year-old son. Father and son do not see eye-to-eye, and it is as though they speak in different languages. Ahmed is also rather suspicious that his free-spirited sister is back from her travels in Europe to ensure she gets a nice chunk of the inheritance. Suddenly, Ahmed's ex-wife sues to deny him visitation rights, claiming she doesn't want her son to see his grandfather dying slowly.

The film received a Post-production grant from Doha Film Institute (DFI). It is written and directed by Humaid Alsuwaidi and stars Mohammed Ahmed, Suhail Aljneibi, Dhaen Juma and Manahel Alawadi. MAD Solutions is responsible for distributing the film around the world.

Born in Abu Dhabi, Humaid Alsuwaidi is an Emirati director and producer. After working in a traditional office job for a few years, he enrolled in the New York Film Academy in 2010. Upon graduating, he worked on a number of short films, both on set and in post-production. Abdullah (2015), his directorial debut, had its premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival.