Oscar win for Abu Dhabi-backed documentary

Free Solo will air in the UAE in April 2019

Oscar win for Abu Dhabi-backed documentary

Lots of big names picked up awards at the 2019 Oscars, but the one that made us most proud was the Best Documentary winner Free Solo.

The film, which follows free-climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to climb the 1km-high vertical El Capitan rock in Yosemite National Park, was co-produced by Abu Dhabi’s Image Nation and National Geographic.

It had already been named Best Documentary at the BAFTAs this year and picked up loads of other gongs before landing the big one at the glittering ceremony in LA.

Free Solo was made by filmmaker Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin. So far it has grossed $17.2 million (Dhs63.18 million) at the box office.

The thrilling film follows Honnold as he tries to achieve his lifelong ambition without a rope. Viewers will see the athlete push his body and mind to the limits.

It will be aired across the Middle East, in English and dubbed in Arabic, on the National Geographic TV stations in April.

Sanjay Raina, general manager and senior vice president of Fox Networks Group, says: “We are proud to have partnered with Image Nation, an Abu Dhabi based, global company to produce a visual masterpiece that has delighted and inspired so many people around the world.”

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