Hidden Beauty| 26mins
Director: Olga Sapozhnikova | Producer: Olga Sapozhnikova
Focus Years: 2009 | Country: UAE
June, 2009 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates - for anyone seeking genuine, first-hand insight into the role of women in today's Arab society, and what Arabic women can truly accomplish within Arabic society, "Hidden Beauty" is a powerful, must-see film. The film begins by portraying the outward beauty of Arab women, but then transcends their physical beauty and enters the very soul of today's Arabic women. In only twenty-six minutes, film-maker Olga Sapozhnikova profiles the lives of four beautiful, strong, resilient women who have proven themselves on their own terms within the traditionally male-dominated Arab society. Shot in Dubai, the film reveals the lives of Sapozhnikova's "heroes." The first three women profiled are Arab women who have created impressive lives for themselves. The first heroine is Jamilya, who is the only woman in UAE who works with four hundred men in an ambulance service, and who has saved many people from fires, accidents and collapsed buildings. Her story was so inspiring, that the ruler of Dubai, His Royal Highness Sheikh Mohammed Maktoum, came to her home to personally express his gratitude for her service to the country. Being the single mother of five children, she shares her opinions on the beauty of women, especially Arabian women. The second is Rym, an accomplished journalist who has traveled the world, and dreams of someday sharing her experiences with her children. Next is Ahlam, from Saudi Arabia, who is now a successful investor who left Saudi Arabia with her three children; the youngest one was only two months old and was mentally challenged. She had very little money except for a small amount given to her by her parents for breakfast. She started her life from zero, but she was determined to help her daughter and she wanted to become a strong and independent woman. She fulfilled her dream and starting out as a secretary, she became a multi-millionaire. All the while, she felt that she missed the East, and so she came back from the West and shares her opinion of what is beauty to her after experiencing so many things in her life.