22nd April, 2016


Film is now available on iTunes following community screening, cinema release, and events in the US

After receiving a standing ovation and glowing reviews following its world premiere at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in 2014, our first local documentary As One: The Autism Project was released this week to the public.

Coinciding with World Autism Awareness Month, As One, was released on multiple platforms around the world – with Vox Cinemas screening the film in UAE theatres, iTunes making the film available for download in the UK, USA and Middle East, TV.AE streaming the film online, and Abu Dhabi TV broadcasting the film throughout the month.

As One is an emotional documentary film focusing on the children, parents and teachers involved in ‘The Autism Project ‘— a theatrical and musical program in the UAE designed specifically for children on the Autism spectrum. The Autism Project was an initiative started by Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to raise awareness of Autism in the United Arab Emirates.

To honour the films release, we brought together our beloved cast and crew for an extra special screening at Vox Cinemas Nation Towers on World Autism Day – April 2. The lovely stars of our film, including Gabrielle, Fathi and his brother Omar and our singing sensation Mohammed, were all in attendance with their families and friends.

As an extra special treat, Let Me In – the documentary’s theme song, composed by Rob Millner and sung by one of the children, 14-year-old Mohammed Daood – was released on iTunes the same week.

Stateside, we took part in a salon discussion in Loas Angeles – ‘Arts & Autism: Inspiring A Creative Child’. Image Nation’s Head of Documentary film and television and executive producer of As One, Danielle Perissi was joined by As One stars Kera Thompson and her son Asher, Tina Moglia from Sesame Street and Barbara Firestone from Music for Autism to discuss the benefits of creative arts for children on the spectrum. This event will be followed up with similar discussions in Washington D.C and New York throughout April.