Kuwait International Film Retreat is back in it’s 2nd edition, I remember we covered the 1st one back in 2011 and it was such an exciting event. I liked the event because it was the first time that we have something like a film festival in Kuwait where we have a red carpet and celebrities and filmmakers, plus such event helps push Kuwaiti Cinema to the next level. There are also workshops and competitions for Film Production, Screenwriting and Story Development and Digital Cinema. Did I tell you that last time I had the chance to meet with “Yahya“, yes the famous celebrity Paparazzi (see video below).
The event will be from 25th-28th April and registration is now open for all filmmakers who wish to participate here [link].
I just received the official video for Chris “Douggs” McDougall jump from the top Al Hamra Tower which is 414 meters high. He used his GoPro camera to record the jump.
“The raw hand cam and head cam from the first ever base jumps in Kuwait. the exit point was very bad and unstable so i kicked like a bitch and i got a big booga on the camera and on my face on opening. But the one handed landing made up for the other clumsy stuff. More to come in the Middle East.”
That was one exciting jump I’m so loving the video, wish I was in Kuwait to see it with my naked eyes.
Kuwait is stuffed with expos that is for sure but Proud 2 Be Kuwait (AKA P2BK) is one of the few that brings interesting things and ideas and that’s why I make sure to attend the opening every year. I was lucky enough that I got a V.I.P invitation so I could visit P2BK and take many snapshots before the official opening tomorrow. This year it is more exciting than last year because they have built an old Kuwaiti styled village instead of using enclosed halls, so it was fun walking around in the open air.
As I said they have built an Kuwaiti styled village with a modern touch, I was impressed with the fine details of each structure withing the village. I also liked the graffiti arts on the walls, they have done a good job intermixing old Kuwait with modern culture though I’m wondering whether they have used real mud or cement that looks like a mud but at all cases the end result was simply amazing.
In addition to the nice looking village there were many stunt shows, they also brought my favorite ever traditional Kuwaiti TV brand. I took a tour around P2BK village and saw several ideas and projects plus there were talent and musical shows. There were many small, medium, and large sized businesses that participated in the expo, I tried to focus on the interesting ones.
The village was divided into sections like gift stores, food court, stage…etc. and the exits are marked too. The expo will continue for two weeks starting tomorrow 6th March till the 20th March. I noted that not all the boutiques were opened today plus some parts of the village were still not completely finished, so I guess the expo will be more exciting when all the businesses are opened and the village is fully opened.
I saw on the paper that Ahmedi will organize a festive Carnival and a musical parade to celebrate Kuwait National Day near Al Koot Mall next Thursday in addition to bicycles and running tournaments on the 9th of March. I loved how Ahmedi was decorated with colorful lights and I think the carnival will be fun to attend.