Info. Min. Sheikh Salman: Keen on supporting young movie makers

By Arwa Al-Wugayyan

KUWAIT, June 1 (KUNA) — Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah on Wednesday affirmed keenness on supporting creative youth in movie production.
Minister Sheikh Salman, who was speaking on sidelines of launching the cinematic festival, “adasah (lens),” organized by the ministry, boasted of the “gifted youth who have presented during the festival short movies that would take part in international festivals.” Meanwhile, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, lauded the ministry’s keenness on providing support and facilities for the Kuwaiti youth in cooperation with the Ministry of Information for boosting local movie making.
The State of Kuwait used to be in the lead at the regional level in the cinema in the 60 and 70s of the past century, “but regretfully many of our brothers have become ahead of us,” the minister acknowledged. However, he hoped that the festival would pave way for “more success and publicity.” Sheikha Al-Zain Al-Sabah, the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs Undersecretary, indicated in remarks to KUNA movie-making’s role in promoting patriotic affairs, affirming special care for skilled young citizens in arts and digital entertainment.
The ministry has provided financial and logistical support for making six short movies produced by young Kuwaitis. “Every male and female director who has taken part in today’s show depicts a story of success for they seek to address a significant social message to the world and create investment opportunities and employ the youngsters,” she added.
The short movies shown during the festival addressed major social issues such as perils of narcotics. (end) akw.rk