Ashwaq Abdullah is a successful Emarati artist who discovers a new sense of what art means by attending an art therapy session and befriending Osha, a very special girl. Director Alicia Gonzalez was inspired by the Ashwaq’s work and felt she had an interesting story behind her.
Q/A with Alicia Gonzalez
1. What first drew you to making this specific film project?
I got inspired by the artist’s (Ashwaq) work and felt that she had an interesting story behind her.
2. What is your favorite part of the filmmaking process and why? Any examples of this from your project screening at the MWFF?
My favorite part in the filmmaking process is seeing the success after everything is done. Joining film festivals and seeing people’s feedback to me is the real success.
3. What were some influences for you on this project and/or as a filmmaker in general?
I personally get inspired by art and the deep meaning of art. An art piece can take me to another world and allows me to explore my imagination.
4. What is your favorite film?
It’s a very hard question, I don’t have a particular film, but my favorite genre is comedy/ romance. And in documentary, I like watching reality films.
“Osha’s Gift” is the sixth short film in the short film lineup of Friday, August 25, starting at 11am.
2017 MWFF TICKET INFORMATION
Fest tickets can be purchased online below or at mosaicfilmfest.com/attend for $10.
These are all screening/all weekend VIP tickets. They will also be available on Friday, August 25th at the Nordlof Center box office during the event. Single day tickets will be available at the box office on both Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th. They cost $5. Those tickets are only available on August 26th and 27th and are good for a full day of screenings on the day purchased.
For more information about the 2017 Mosaic World Film Festival as well as a list of all the films being featured visit mosaicfilmfest.com.