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One of these is the 21-minute short "Cholo," a quietly ambitious little work by 26-year-old Muzna Almusafer that won the best screenplay prize in in ADFF's Emirates Film Competition Thursday evening.The film tells the simple story of an encounter between Cholo, an 11-year-old Zanzibari boy, and his half brother Abdullah, who visits the island from Muscat with the boys' father Said. There are unspoken tensions between the two boys, apparently connected with relative privilege and access to their father, whose absence from Zanzibar has made the neglected Cholo a child of the street. "Cholo" is a microbudget work. To cast her four characters, she spent 20 days in Zanzibar schools and on the street, then shot the film in six days. The quality of the image is not that of film (remember film?) but it does come close to replicating some of the intimacy of the small-formats of yesteryear.
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