Al Kameen ("The Ambush") is the largest Arabic language feature film production ever in the GCC, with 400 cast and crew including an all-Emirati lead cast. It was shot entirely in the UAE and stars Gulf favourites Marwan Abdulla Saleh, Khalifa Al Jassem and Mohammed Ahmed.
The film was co-produced by AGC Studios and Image Nation Abu Dhabi and directed by Pierre Morel (Taken, District B13), with producers Derek Dauchy (Roman J Israel, Esq., Victor Frankenstein) and Jennifer Roth (Black Swan).
Al Kameen was written by Brandon Birtell (Furious 7) and Kurtis Birtell (Medal of Honor) in close consultation with the soldiers involved in the real-life 2018 tragic ambush situation that inspired the plot. Image Nation Abu Dhabi provided a team of Emirati filmmakers and cultural consultants including Hana Kazim, Talal Al Asmani, Aliwiya Thani and Alia Al Qamzi.
Image Nation Abu Dhabi is an award-winning film and entertainment company which has built its reputation on breaking boundaries and unleashing imagination. It creates films, TV series, documentaries, and entertainment for consumers throughout the world and is the first UAE company to have multiple productions stream globally on Netflix. Its success spans the globe, screening content at over 400 international film festivals and receiving the industry’s highest honors, including two Academy Awards, a BAFTA, and an Emmy.
Its mission is to help build the film and entertainment industry across the GCC and MENA regions, a pioneering ambition in line with Abu Dhabi’s vision to shape a competitive, sustainable, and globally open economy. Image Nation enables all those who engage with it to become guardians of culture and ambassadors of change.
Image Nation Abu Dhabi is part of ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies with a diverse portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi’s non-oil economy.
Since its launch in 2018 AGC has enjoyed explosive growth and is already well established as one of the most prolific and diversified independent content companies in the industry. On the back of its most recent busy production period AGC is in production Consecration from director Christopher Smith starring Jena Malone and Danny Huston. They are a partner on Roland Emmerich’s Moonfall starring Oscar® winner Halle Berry and Patrick Wilson for Lionsgate which is in post-production. In addition, AGC was a co-financier and partner with CNN Films on two acclaimed documentaries Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story and on John Lewis: Good Trouble, among much much more.
Photo courtesy of Image Nation Abu Dhabi, used with permission