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A new short film showing Dubai’s street style has been released online.

‘Raw Metropolis’ is a short documentary explores Dubai’s changing identity, from the accelerated development of the last half century to a more a considered, cultured and organically grown expression of its residents and visitors. Written and directed by Amirah Tajdin of Seven Thirty Films, the series of video portraits documents the street style influences of what the team behind the movie claim is ‘one of the world’s newest urban centres’.

The portraits were filmed during last November’s SOLE DXB, which took place at Dubai Design District. The two-day event has been hailed as one of the region’s leading annual lifestyle and street culture events. Visitors to the mini city found pop-up outlets from the likes of Reebok, Ray-Ban and Puma in shipping containers, while a DJ kept the crowd jumping until well after dark from his viewpoint overlooking a manicured basketball court. Around the fringes, footwear and fashion were prevalent, while there was also live street art displays, much of which is captured in the new film.

A cross-selection of faces from Dubai’s sub-culture types feature in interviews taken from the backseat of a car. The 12-minute film, produced by Sole DXB, is not guilty of being ‘too cool for school’, and offers more than a nod to the stunning cityscape from which this new movement has emerged.

Amongst those caught on camera are Alife, Dave Lubin and Tom Crane from Mental Genius Records, Olaf Hussein, Filling Pieces’ Guillaume Philibert, Kish Kash, Dan Greenpeace, Brad Farrant, the team behind independent fashion label Amongst Few.

The end production boasts a soundtrack of Jealous by Damascvs and If These Are The Last Days by Electric Wire Hustle.

The film is available to view below and on Sole DXB’s Vimeo channel, after it launched last week with a screening and exhibition at The Mine, in Al Quoz.

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