A scene from Fear, which has picked up several awards. Courtesy Janam R Patel
A scene from Fear, which has picked up several awards. Courtesy Janam R Patel

Dubai debut filmmaker Janam Patal takes festivals by storm



It's not unusual for teenagers to encounter a degree of trepidation when they first fly the parental nest and head off for college – particularly when that college is continents away. For Dubai-raised Janam Patel, who last year left her family behind to embark on her studies in the United States, at Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, this was no different. What set her apart is that she used the emotions she experienced to make a short film, Fear, which she wrote, directed and starred in, and which has already picked up awards at both the LA Film Festival (Best Editing and Young Filmmaker Award) and the Festigious Film Festival (Best Actress in an Indie Film).

The three-minute film's achievements are all the more impressive given that Patel had never even attempted to make a movie before – she had to borrow all the equipment, her mum was her main crew member, and the whole project was made for around Dh2,000. The film, says Patel, was an interpretation of the insecurities she felt as a new student, thousands of kilometres away: "It was inspired by true events and feelings I think a lot of people of my generation feel," she says. "After finishing my first year in college I felt there were a lot of things I was unsure of and I was letting my fears and insecurities take over me, worrying about my career and what's going to happen later on. It was taking over me."

The fear the film addresses isn't unique to teenagers, Patel adds. "I just thought there's so much fear out there," she says. "Children are scared of lots of things, adults are scared of losing their jobs ... , and teenagers are scared of what's going to happen in the future. It's a really common emotion in all of our experiences and I decided to express that in a short film."

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Fear was shot over one day, in and around Dubai Mall, and Patel hopes that as well as entertaining audiences, it can serve as an educational tool about the UAE – particularly in her adoptive US home, where she has already been shocked by some of the reactions. "I was really surprised when I showed it in the States," she says. "One girl was like, 'Oh my, this is so weird. I thought Dubai was really unsafe and you couldn't leave your house or go out at night.' It was so weird. Dubai is really popular with so many people, but there are still a lot of people around the world who think of it as some unsafe Middle Eastern scary place, or a place of restriction, so I hope my film can educate audiences about that too, when people see how normal the mall is and all the different people living in harmony."

Patel says she had a number of rejections when she first started submitting the film to festivals, but that once the awards started flooding in, all the effort was worthwhile. She is now trying to get the film into more festivals and is working on a website and a social media campaign to try to publicise it further. She also wants to organise a public premiere for her brief debut, which she hopes will take place in Dubai, her home of 19 years. She also has a new script ready for a second movie.

Although Patel has been thrilled by the success of her film, she is keeping her feet on the ground. She is continuing in her studies and hopes that one day she may be able to use the money management skills to launch a full-time filmmaking career – but only after she's spent a few years working in business.

She also has a few words of advice for other aspiring young filmmakers who are ready to take their first steps. "Just jump right in," she says. "The biggest thing that was holding me back was the feeling that I wasn't ready, or I wasn't experienced enough because I hadn't studied filmmaking. I had to Google things like camera angles and figure them out for myself, so don't aim for perfection, just jump right in. That would be my main advice to other young filmmakers."

JOKE'S ON YOU

Google wasn't new to busting out April Fool's jokes: before the Gmail "prank", it tricked users with mind-reading MentalPlex responses and said well-fed pigeons were running its search engine operations .

In subsequent years, they announced home internet services through your toilet with its "patented GFlush system", made us believe the Moon's surface was made of cheese and unveiled a dating service in which they called founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page "Stanford PhD wannabes ".

But Gmail was all too real, purportedly inspired by one – a single – Google user complaining about the "poor quality of existing email services" and born "millions of M&Ms later".

If you go

The flights

The closest international airport for those travelling from the UAE is Denver, Colorado. British Airways (www.ba.com) flies from the UAE via London from Dh3,700 return, including taxes. From there, transfers can be arranged to the ranch or it’s a seven-hour drive. Alternatively, take an internal flight to the counties of Cody, Casper, or Billings

The stay

Red Reflet offers a series of packages, with prices varying depending on season. All meals and activities are included, with prices starting from US$2,218 (Dh7,150) per person for a minimum stay of three nights, including taxes. For more information, visit red-reflet-ranch.net.

 

UAE set for Scotland series

The UAE will host Scotland for a three-match T20I series at the Dubai International Stadium next month.
The two sides will start their Cricket World Cup League 2 campaigns with a tri-series also involving Canada, starting on January 29.
That series will be followed by a bilateral T20 series on March 11, 13 and 14.

Play-off fixtures

Two-legged ties to be played November 9-11 and November 12-14

 

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Price: From Dh215,000 (estimate)
On sale: September

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Friday (UAE kick-off times)

Real Sociedad v Leganes (midnight)

Saturday

Alaves v Real Valladolid (4pm)

Valencia v Granada (7pm)

Eibar v Real Madrid (9.30pm)

Barcelona v Celta Vigo (midnight)

Sunday

Real Mallorca v Villarreal (3pm)

Athletic Bilbao v Levante (5pm)

Atletico Madrid v Espanyol (7pm)

Getafe v Osasuna (9.30pm)

Real Betis v Sevilla (midnight)

Dengue fever symptoms
  • High fever
  • Intense pain behind your eyes
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle and joint pains
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Swollen glands
  • Rash

If symptoms occur, they usually last for two-seven days

Yemen's Bahais and the charges they often face

The Baha'i faith was made known in Yemen in the 19th century, first introduced by an Iranian man named Ali Muhammad Al Shirazi, considered the Herald of the Baha'i faith in 1844.

The Baha'i faith has had a growing number of followers in recent years despite persecution in Yemen and Iran. 

Today, some 2,000 Baha'is reside in Yemen, according to Insaf. 

"The 24 defendants represented by the House of Justice, which has intelligence outfits from the uS and the UK working to carry out an espionage scheme in Yemen under the guise of religion.. aimed to impant and found the Bahai sect on Yemeni soil by bringing foreign Bahais from abroad and homing them in Yemen," the charge sheet said. 

Baha'Ullah, the founder of the Bahai faith, was exiled by the Ottoman Empire in 1868 from Iran to what is now Israel. Now, the Bahai faith's highest governing body, known as the Universal House of Justice, is based in the Israeli city of Haifa, which the Bahais turn towards during prayer. 

The Houthis cite this as collective "evidence" of Bahai "links" to Israel - which the Houthis consider their enemy. 

 

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Best Foreign Language Film nominees

Capernaum (Lebanon)

Cold War (Poland)

Never Look Away (Germany)

Roma (Mexico)

Shoplifters (Japan)

The five pillars of Islam

1. Fasting

2. Prayer

3. Hajj

4. Shahada

5. Zakat

Our legal consultant

Name: Dr Hassan Mohsen Elhais

Position: legal consultant with Al Rowaad Advocates and Legal Consultants.

Confirmed bouts (more to be added)

Cory Sandhagen v Umar Nurmagomedov
Nick Diaz v Vicente Luque
Michael Chiesa v Tony Ferguson
Deiveson Figueiredo v Marlon Vera
Mackenzie Dern v Loopy Godinez

Tickets for the August 3 Fight Night, held in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, went on sale earlier this month, through www.etihadarena.ae and www.ticketmaster.ae.

Ain Dubai in numbers

126: The length in metres of the legs supporting the structure

1 football pitch: The length of each permanent spoke is longer than a professional soccer pitch

16 A380 Airbuses: The equivalent weight of the wheel rim.

9,000 tonnes: The amount of steel used to construct the project.

5 tonnes: The weight of each permanent spoke that is holding the wheel rim in place

192: The amount of cable wires used to create the wheel. They measure a distance of 2,4000km in total, the equivalent of the distance between Dubai and Cairo.

Company Profile

Name: Direct Debit System
Started: Sept 2017
Based: UAE with a subsidiary in the UK
Industry: FinTech
Funding: Undisclosed
Investors: Elaine Jones
Number of employees: 8

TO CATCH A KILLER

Director: Damian Szifron

Stars: Shailene Woodley, Ben Mendelsohn, Ralph Ineson

Rating: 2/5

MATCH INFO

Syria v Australia
2018 World Cup qualifying: Asia fourth round play-off first leg
Venue: Hang Jebat Stadium (Malacca, Malayisa)
Kick-off: Thursday, 4.30pm (UAE)
Watch: beIN Sports HD

* Second leg in Australia scheduled for October 10

The End of Loneliness
Benedict Wells
Translated from the German by Charlotte Collins
Sceptre

The Roundup

Director: Lee Sang-yong
Stars: Ma Dong-seok, Sukku Son, Choi Gwi-hwa
Rating: 4/5