Film director Ineke Smits will show her 2008 documentary film “Transit Dubai” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in the Fred W. Smith Forum at MU’s Reynolds Journalism Institute. A discussion of the film will follow the screening.
The city of Dubai is a travel destination and home for people from all over the world. Many of its inhabitants are temporary visitors from Europe, Asia, America and the Middle East. This film looks at Dubai through the eyes of four photography students. It uncovers multiple layers within this modernized and at the same time traditional society. It also shows how Western influences and information technology have changed the local culture and people.
“Transit Dubai” premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. It won the Audience Award at Gdansk Film Festival in 2009.
In addition to directing and writing fiction and documentary films, Smits is a script advisor, creative producer and lecturer. She studied at the Art Academy in Rotterdam and the National Film and Television School in England. Her 2010 feature film “The Aviatrix of Kazbek” is currently showing at film festivals internationally.
The event is sponsored by the Center for the Digital Globe at MU.