Saban Films has acquired the US and Canadian rights to Al Kameen, or the ambush in English, the highest-grossing Arab film in the United Arab Emirates.
Directed by Pierre Morel (Taken), the AGC International and Image Nation production was released on 185 UAE cinema screens in November last year. Now it’s ready to grace screens in the United States and Canada.
The film is based on the true story of a daring mission by a group of Emirati soldiers sent to rescue their compatriots who were ambushed in a mountainous valley in Yemen. It was filmed entirely in the United Arab Emirates, with over 400 cast and crew, becoming the largest Arabic-language film production in the GCC.
Within weeks of its release, the film had already exceeded 170,000 admissions, becoming the most successful Emirati and Arabic-language film in the history of the United Arab Emirates.
Morel, who attended the premiere at Vox Cinemas at Yas Mall, said: “The feedback we’ve received from audiences across the UAE has been overwhelming and I’m so proud to have been a part of this fantastic project. . I hope audiences will continue to resonate with this inspiring story of brotherhood.”
the ambush features an all-Emirati main cast, including Omar Bin Haider, Marwan Abdulla Saleh, Mohammed Ahmed, Mansoor Alfeeli and Khalifa Albahri. It was written by Brandon Birtell (Furious 7) and Kurtis Birtell (Medal of Honor) in collaboration with the Emirati soldiers involved in the events of 2018.
The production also included a team of Emirati filmmakers and development managers, including Hana Kazim, Talal Al Asmani, Alwiya Thani and Alia AlQemzi. The acquisition marks a significant milestone for Saban Films, as its first foreign-language title is slated for international theatrical release on October 28, before hitting digital and on-demand services on November 1.
Saban Films chairman Bill Bromiley said the acquisition was a response to growing demand for more international content. “As Saban’s first foreign language film, the ambusha story about unwavering resilience, will continue to inspire audiences around the world.”
Updated: August 25, 2022, 12:34 p.m.