Campaign successfully funded on: 07 Jun,2014
'The Brain That Sings' is a documentary feature film about autism in the Arab world. It follows the lives of 2 autistic boys living in the UAE as they go through 3 months of music therapy and explores the chances of their improvement and self-expression. The film answers many unanswered questions regarding autism in the Arab World.
Now that 'The Brain That Sings' has premiered, we want to be able to get the film out there. There is a long process of submitting and paying film festival fees, marketing and publicity costs, and securing distribution, and plans for theatrical release. We have begun the process of festival submissions, finding distributors and places to screen the film etc. but we need your support in bringing the film closer families who need to watch it across the country and the region, sharing the film with you and getting the word out. This process needs financial support and if autism is a topic that is close to your heart or if you are eager to give and to learn, we depend on your support.
The power of film as an educative tool must never be underestimated.
For your contribution, we can offer some unique rewards and experiences. We want you to be a part of our world, we will celebrate you as our ambassador.
Out of 191 films at the Dubai International Film Festival 2013, this documentary won the audiences' vote and was awarded 'The People's Choice Award'.
As a result of the screening, the Dubai government already began putting strategies into place for those with special needs and education, families were coming together sharing stories of compassion and societies were being formed for parents and those affected with autism alike. We even had an Australian family fly over for the premiere!
But this can be amplified.
We need more people to know this story because it's such a
positive and inspiring outlook on special needs, we need the right people to
watch this film because we need them to talk about it and bring about bigger and more
powerful changes. Finally, there needs to be more awareness.
When we find others that share our same experiences and feelings, and feel what they feel with them, this is a source of comfort that cannot be explained and a phenomenon that soothes the human soul. If we can make that happen for others, our contribution on Earth will last long after we are gone. If a bit of spare change or a considerable contribution can change that, why not?
If you cannot financially contribute, it helps us if you share information about the film and the website with your friends and family, or with people you think can help. Filmmaking is a collaborative effort -- it takes a crew, a cast, and supporters like you. And most of all, an audience.
Have a wonderful summer! The film received a prize at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy this year and has been invited to many more places around the World. We are fortunate to have supporters like you that help the film get into schools, unis and companies across the UAE.
Regards,Amal Al-Agroobi and team BTS
Great news! We just picked up the Al Jazeera Documentary Channel Award in Doha! This marks the end of the film festival tour but the start of many more great screenings all over the GCC. I'm happy to announce the film is now available on VOD and can be accessed only by those in the GCC at this link
The Brain That Sings Autism Awareness Campaign has begun! We have started screening the film at different schools, conducting panel discussion, contests and spreading awareness thanks to the support you have shown us. This will continue for another 2 months. If you are interested in having the film screened at your establishment, please email the alagroobifilms email
Have happy holidays and we wish you a fruitful new year! Please keep in touch with us via our websites and social media
Amal Al-Agroobi is a multi-award winning film producer/director and founder of independent film studio ALAGROOBI films, established in 2013. That same year, she won “best up and coming director of 2013” at the Digital Studio Awards in Dubai for her…Full biography