Private Project


The film takes place in a house garden where a little girl, Reem, and her blind grandfather spend most of their time. Reem has a wild sense of imagination, and has befriended a stuffed animal rabbit, a doll, a gold fish and most strangely of them all is a tree. Reem’s world collides when she thinks that her best friend the tree is dying. The film follows Reem’s journey as she tries to save the tree. It also explores the relationship between Reem and her grandfather.

  • Mariam Al Zaabi
  • Mariam Al Zaabi
  • Mariam Al Zaabi
  • Khaled Salameh
    Key Cast
  • Safia Al Mansouri
    Key Cast
  • Mohammed Shabeen
  • Waleed Al Madani
  • Shamsa Al Hosani
    Art Director
  • Mohamed Ziena
  • John Kochanczyk
    Sound Designer
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  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 31, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    United Arab Emirates
  • Country of Filming:
    United Arab Emirates
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Director Biography - Mariam Al Zaabi

Mariam Al Zaabi is an independent Emirati filmmaker. Since she was a child, Mariam saw the world through a different lens. Everyday she would create stories, characters, and live in her imagination. Hence, when Mariam turned 15-years-old she discovered her passion for filmmaking when she made her first video. In 2013, Mariam has worked as an intern In the Emirati documentary “The Brain That Sings”. Then, she was an assistant director for the short film, “Nesayem”. In 2014, Mariam graduated from Zayed University with a Visual Communication degree. As a senior project she made her first short documentary “The return” that was nominated in Zayed University Middle East Film Festival as a Documentary finalist. In 2015, she has participated in Arab Film Studio and made her first Narrative film “Maihoda”.

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