I Engrave

  • Short
  • 2016
  • 7 Minutes
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Language: Persian (Farsi)

Every year, Ghulam Mohammed Andalib comes from Afghanistan to Dubai for work. He’s here for a period of four months, where he is offered a stage to perform his craft on for the visitors of Global Village. At his assigned setting, Ghulam sits and engraves poems from Hafez, Saadi, or Quranic verses.

Here, in late Sheikh Abdulaziz al Qassimi's abandoned palace in Ras Al Khaimah, Ghulam explores the interiors. Like himself, Sheikh Abdulaziz had a passion for persian poetry and miniatures, and can be found hand painted on the house walls. Part documentary, part performance, exploring the themes of migration, trade and cultural identity that shape our world; this film brings two shared loves, of two seemingly different men, together.

Director: Reem Falaknaz

Screenwriter: Reem Falaknaz


Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Reem Falaknaz

DOP / Camera: Hasan Aslan

Editor: Reem Falaknaz

Music: Ahmad Zahir

Producer: Reem Falaknaz

Cast: Ghulam Andalib


Reem Falaknaz

Reem Falaknaz is a photographer from the United Arab Emirates. The nature of her job allows her to travel around the Emirates, where she records and collects narratives from the city and it’s inhabitants. In 2013, Falaknaz was a fellow with FIND, New York University Abu Dhabi. In 2014, she got accepted into The Arab Documentary Photography Program that is funded by the Arab Fund for Art and Culture, the Prince Claus Fund, and Magnum Foundation.

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