What’s On has details about the new film by Ali Mostafa, the award-winning Emirati. Find out about The Worthy, and other films in the UAE.

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Emirati filmmaker Ali Mostafa has announced his newest project, ‘The Worthy’, will go into production later this year with Image Nation Abu Dhabi. The director is best known for his comedy drama ‘From A to B’, which will be released theatrically in the UK and Italy later this year.

The film will be set in a dystopian future that is dealing with a chronic water shortage. The story follows a small group of survivors seeking refuge with the only clean remaining water source in the area. After two visitors infiltrate the compound they become pawns in a test for survival, with only one of them chosen worthy.

Hollywood veterans Peter Safran (The Conjuring, Annabelle) and Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious) will produce the new project alongside Rami Yasin (Sea Shadow, From A to B).

Mostafa said: “As the first action/thriller I’m directing, The Worthy is a new adventure for me. My producers, Peter and Steven, have produced some of the best genre movies ever made with critical and commercial hits such as The Conjuring and Paranormal Activity. They are really at the top of their game right now and their expertise will be invaluable on The Worthy so I’m excited to be working with them and with Image Nation again on The Worthy.”


The news comes after The Media Zone Authority announced the cancellation of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and instead focus on new initiatives to support local and Arab filmmakers.

Michael Garin, CEO of Image Nation, added “This announcement comes at an exciting time as we prepare to enter a new era of filmmaking in the UAE and the region. To be announcing huge productions in such a short period of time is an incredible step and is reflective of how we are continuing to grow rapidly as a local industry.”

Meanwhile, it has been announced that VOX will release Emirati film maker Waleed Al-Shehhi’s ‘Dolphins‘ on May 28, in support of the DIFF’s initiative to back local talent.

‘Dolphins’ is a story of three paths -separate worlds ostensibly but intertwined in depth within one social community – that happen within twenty-four hours. The script won the IWC Award for Gulf Filmmakers.