7 Inspirational Emirati Women Who Made Headlines in the Past Year

Filmmaker Nayla Al Khaja made history during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival in May as the first Emirati director and producer to ever have a project accepted by the film festival’s prestigious Producers Network—a networking event that serves to help finalize international co-productions. Al Khaja submitted her screenplay for Animal, a feature-length version of her own 2016 short of the same name, which would go on to become one of 500 entries submitted to the network. The 40-year-old founder of Nayla Al Khaja films has three movies under her belt (Animal, The Neighbour, Three), and continues to nurture young, aspiring filmmakers in the region through her platform.

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