While activists considered it an acknowledgment of the UAE’s funding of the film “Weird Ones”, which was prepared to demonize Qatar, the Emirati YouTuber, Raad Al-Shallal, said that the film was modified after the reconciliation and the Al-Ula summit in Riyadh.
In a new episode for him on his YouTube channel, which was monitored by (Watan), Raad Al-Shallal said: “After the reconciliation, every Emirati said they were committed to reconciliation, and the man – meaning the Emirati product – changed everything other than the name of Qatar. They put it on Stan Island and changed many things for the sake of reconciliation.”
And he continued, “It is possible that a need was inadvertently dropped, but the truth is that things have changed by working for reconciliation.”
A mockery of the Emirati YouTuber, Raad Shallal
Qatari activist Boughanim mocked the episode of Raad Al-Shallal by saying: “If he wanted to give her eyeliner, the mushrooms in her eyes, if he was silent, he would bless him.”
Make her eyeliner look fungus
If he was silent, he would have congratulated him
– Boughanim (@bughanim73_q) August 3, 2021
What is the greatest hidden?
And on Sunday, the program (What is Hidden is Greater), presented by the media, Tamer Al-Mishal, revealed, through exclusive leaks and documents, how Abu Dhabi controlled a Hollywood movie and transformed its content into a politically directed one that serves its agenda, which sparked a wide interaction.
The program has obtained exclusive leaks that reveal the scenes of Abu Dhabi’s production of the movie (The Misfits), which has sparked controversy over its content, message, and purpose since the beginning of its presentation.
The program team was also able to conduct exclusive interviews with participants in the film and track all stages of the film’s production – in the UAE and abroad – and the Prime Time Zone and officials associated with it.
The program, which was broadcast by Al Jazeera on Sunday evening, followed how Abu Dhabi transformed the original script of the film from a fictional story into a directed political context linked to real names to serve its political agenda and to offend the State of Qatar and link it to terrorism.
The events of the film revolve around the so-called (combating the financing of terrorism), as scenes and real names associated with Qatar were inserted.
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And (What is Hidden is Greater) presented a leaked message that revealed a request by the Emirati company from the producer and director of the film to include specific political clips offensive to Qatar and link them to the sponsorship of terrorism, including a request to allocate a scene embodying the character of Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, showing him inciting violence.
Filmed in Abu Dhabi
Most of the film’s scenes were filmed in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, where official support was evident, including the UAE armed forces’ support for the film’s production team with military equipment and supplies for filming.
The program also revealed a large financial transfer to the company producing the film from another company managed by the Emirati National Security Adviser, Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed.
The actor and producer of the movie (Eccentrics), Ramy Jaber, explained that the first draft of the film was written in 2016, indicating that Mansour Al-Yahbouni Al-Dhaheri, who took 40% of the film’s production, established two companies and contracted again with those in charge of the work.
He pointed out that Mansour Al Yahbouni Al Dhaheri holds government positions in the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, the same person who opened the way for the UAE to use the film as a tool to promote its agenda at a time when the Gulf crisis was at its height.
The program showed an audio leak revealing that the Emirati producer of the film offered exaggerated amounts to his partner, Jaber, to drop a case against him in the United States.
He also revealed a leaked document of a contract between Al Dhaheri and the writer of the film, Robert Heaney, according to which Al Dhaheri gets the right to ask the writer to make unlimited modifications to the original script of the film and change the facts of his story by deleting or adding.
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In return, the writer receives $50,000 and receives 2.5% of the total net profit from the movie’s proceeds after its release.
Because of the content of the film and the source of its funding, one of the film’s producers filed a case in the United States against the Emirati network.
The program team also obtained leaked copies that reveal a financial transfer to the company producing the film from a company managed by Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed.
It is noteworthy that the film’s championship includes international stars from different countries, and the film was promoted by the most famous Emirati media organizations as an Arab production in Hollywood that was filmed entirely in Abu Dhabi.
Demonization of Qatar
The events of the film revolve around the fight against terrorism in the Middle East with its link to the Muslim Brotherhood, and its story revolves around a hypothetical country called (Island), but what is interesting is that a number of clips and scenes linked them to real places and names in the State of Qatar.
Because of the content of the film and the source of its funding, one of the film’s producers filed a case in America against the Emirati network. The investigation obtained leaked copies of the financial transfer of the company producing the film from a company managed by Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed.
However, the legal disputes and the political atmosphere affected the content of the film and its track, by removing and adding, and delaying the timing of its showing more than once, until it was recently released in cinemas.
The distortion of Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
The comparison between the final version of the scenario and its initial draft shows the great paradox between the first scenario of a fictional story that was supposed to take place without any political context or connection to reality.
However, the script was modified to become political par excellence, as Qatar was mentioned in more than 15 places and names of real Qatari personalities appeared, and Al-Jazeera was referred to in the context of the new text talking about sponsoring terrorism.
The work team (What is Hidden Was Greater) was able to obtain a letter proving the request of the company (Al Kalima) – which is run by Al Dhaheri – for amendments to the original script of the film, including changing the name of a fictitious character in the name of the Qatari Abdul Rahman Al-Nuaimi. As the main architect of the September 11 attacks.
Among the amendments aimed at including clips offensive to the State of Qatar, the document revealed a request to embody the personality of Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi in a dedicated representative scene aimed at showing him as an instigator of violence and bombing.
According to some of the leaked clips from the film – obtained by the program – its heroes talk about the State of Qatar and link its name to the “state of terrorism”.
It is also suggested that the scenes filmed in the UAE were filmed in Qatar by writing the name of Qatar on the license plates and showing the internal security forces known in Qatar as “Lekhwiya”.
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