release date February 14 2018
Image Nation Abu Dhabi to Screen Its Football Documentary The Lights of Rome at the NYU Abu Dhabi
Documentary film The Lights of Rome (Anwar Roma), produced by Image Nation Abu Dhabi, one of the leading media and entertainment companies in the Arab world, is going to be screened at NYU Abu Dhabi on Thursday, February 15. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film's director Ali Khaled and producer Hana Makki.

The Lights of Rome follows a group of young footballers who defied all odds and made history by qualifying for the World Cup in Italy, 1990. Their average age was 19, their country, the UAE, was also just 19 years old. This documentary explores the historical and emotive journey of the 'golden generation' whom to this date are the only Emirates football team to make it to the World Cup.

The film features rare archive footage from the team's journey and interviews with its members, officials and critics who witnessed this great achievement. With a soundtrack of popular songs and music from the era, the film brings those who lived during the event back to the historic moments in UAE history.

Directed by Ali Khaled and produced by Image Nation Abu Dhabi, The Lights of Rome is distributed by MAD Solutions i in the Arab world. Filming of The Lights of Rome was kick started through a campaign back in 2014, where a group of Emirati football lovers shared their memories of the legendary finals to the qualification for the 1990 World Cup.