Image Nation Abu Dhabi has announced it will release its upcoming Emirati feature comedy Rashid & Rajab in cinemas across the region on Eid Al Fitr in June and has released a first look at the film.
Shot on location in Dubai, the UAE production is the first live-action feature film from Emirati director Mohammed Saeed Harib, best known as the creator of the iconic animated TV series Freej.
The family-friendly comedy follows wealthy Emirati executive Rashid (Marwan Abdullah Saleh) and carefree Egyptian fast-food deliveryman Rajab (Shadi Alfons), who switch bodies after a freak accident on their way to work.
Emirati actor Marwan Abdullah Saleh makes his feature film acting debut after being named as one of Screen International magazine’s Arab Stars of Tomorrow, while his co-star is played by Egyptian comedian actor Alfons, the star of Saturday Night Live Arabia.
Harib said: “I hope that audiences find the film as much fun to watch as it was for us to make. Our incredible cast of talented actors are seen in unexpected performances that will surprise and delight audiences.”
The release of its upcoming film follows a stellar few months for Image Nation, having seen its third local production -legal drama Justice - picked up by global streaming platform Netflix, and an Academy Award win for Best Documentary for its international co-production Free Solo.
“Through our unique slate of projects, Image Nation offers an authentic perspective of the UAE to the rest of the world - telling the nation’s stories and representing its diverse culture – and Rashid & Rajab is a shining example of this.” Says Hana Kazim, manager of Local Film & Television at Image Nation Abu Dhabi.
“We always aim to foster and grow local talent and offer unique platforms for Emirati filmmakers to tell their stories. Seeing Harib’s remarkable creative abilities translate to the big screen has been inspiring and we can’t wait for audiences to see this hysterical film.”