Veritas Films, the Abu Dhabi based film company, has been awarded the Audience Award for Best Documentary and a jury special mention for filmmaker Mahmoud Kaabour for the documentary “Teta, Alf Marra” (Grandma, a Thousand Times) at the internationally acclaimed Doha Tribeca Film Festival, Qatar.
On what was its world premiere, ‘Teta, Alf Marra’ proved to be a huge success with both judges and audiences, scooping up the prize for the Audience Award for Best Documentary in recognition of the strong appeal of this poetic documentary. Mahmoud Kaabour, Veritas Films’ founder and the filmmaker behind the film, also received a special jury mention for best director. The Best Documentary award was presented to Mahmoud Kaabour and Eva Star Sayre by internationally acclaimed actor and filmmaker Robert De Niro and brings a USD $100,000 cash prize. This is the latest in a series of honors highlighting the contributions of Veritas Films to the filmmaking industry of the region.
The 48-minute film, a UAE/Qatar/Lebanon co-production, was made possible by the financial support of the Doha Film Institute and Screen Institute Beirut. It also marked the first film to be made by Veritas Films’ new Abu Dhabi office at twofour54, Abu Dhabi’s dedicated content creation community.
On receiving the awards, Mahmoud Kaabour, the founder of Veritas Films founder, said: “I am humbled by this honor and deeply moved. I hope that this recognition will serve to remind my audiences of the labor and love of grandmothers the world over.”
Eva Star Sayre, the film’s executive producer, said: “To win this award and a special jury mention for the very first film that produced from our Abu Dhabi office is incredibly satisfying. I am confident that Veritas Films has an exciting future as a leading producer of innovative and compelling non-fiction films. We are thrilled to be among the leaders in creating Arabic content, telling significant untold stories in the media hub of recent years. On behalf of the team at Veritas, I would like to extend my thanks to the Doha Film Institute and Screen Institute Beirut for their financial support."