Director Samir Mallal and RAPP MEA tell the story of friendship crossing cultural divides for the food and hospitality company AsparaPearl
ApsaraPearl Group has partnered with RAPP MEA for a film about the importance of compassion and connection, told through the story of two girls whose friendship crosses faith and cultural divides.
At a time when brands are stepping up to promote important issues, ApsaraPearl Group’s ‘Shirley and Fatima’ shows that wherever we come from, we are stronger together.
Ali Shabaz, chief creative officer RAPP MEA, said: “As a shared leadership team, we felt extremely passionate about making a piece of content for the world that shows a story of humanity, of connection and of friendship. The film, ‘Fatima and Shirley’ explores themes of empathy and tolerance, the central tenets of Ramadan, from the point of view of two young friends, who despite their backgrounds, find common ground every day.”
Chris O’Donohue, group founder, ApsaraPearl Group, added: “Together with RAPP we created this story of connection & empathy. It’s a reminder as we live & work worldwide today, to understand the nuances of the communities we find ourselves in allows us to connect, demonstrate compassion & create lifelong friends. What could be better?”
Directed by British director, Samir Mallal, with Piers McGrail (BAFTA winning, IFTA nominated) as the director of photography, the film was produced by Hanzo Films and Oceana Studios with London-based Assembly Rooms (who recently won the D&AD Awards for Best editing for John Lewis’ Elton John Christmas campaign). Company 3 (Marvel, John Wick and Godzilla) worked on editing and colour.
“We wanted to tell a truly global story with nuanced and authentic performances by two wonderful young actors who bring every moment to life beautifully,” said Samir, who has won awards at Cannes Lions, D&AD, New York Festivals, Clio and Sundance.
“We were thrilled to have found a team of this level all willing to collaborate to bring this to life. As a mother myself, I can say with surety, it is so often our daughters that can truly show us the most powerful lessons in empathy and tolerance,” closed Mimi Nicklin, RAPP, managing director, MEA.