Mountain Boy Takes Center Stage at Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

Mountain Boy

Minneapolis – MOUNTAIN BOY, a live-action family adventure film is set to grace the screens of the upcoming Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) at The Main Cinema, Screen 5, 115 SE Main Street on April 20 at 1:45 p.m. and April 22 at 7:00 p.m.

“We’re thrilled to be screening the magic of MOUNTAIN BOY at MSPIFF,” says Nancy Paton, writer and producer of the film.

Director Zainab Shaheen, says, “We’re not just telling a story; we’re inviting you on an immersive journey that we hope will linger in audience members’ hearts long after the credits roll.”

Based on the award-winning UAE children’s book THE BOY WHO KNEW THE MOUNTAINS by Dr. Michele Ziolkowski, the film sheds light on neurodiversity. It promises to enchant audiences with its heart-warming narrative, stunning cinematography and powerful exploration of acceptance and redemption.

MOUNTAIN BOY unfolds the extraordinary tale of Suhail, a young Emirati boy with Autism, who defies societal norms and embarks on a transformative journey through the mesmerizing mountains of Fujairah. With his loyal companion, Barakah, the Arabian Saluki dog, Suhail seeks acceptance, family and a true home, in a narrative that is as visually spectacular as it is emotionally resonant.


Fujairah Films is recognized for its commitment to supporting local stories and culture. Desert Rose Films focuses on women’s voices and stories. Together, the companies spotlight the rich cultural tapestry of the UAE while ensuring equitable representation of women, both in front of and behind the camera. Infusing international flare and cinematic experience, Flying Tiger Entertainment enriches the collaborative venture of MOUNTAIN BOY with its generous global perspective. Desert Rose Productions contact is Nancy Paton,, Meredith Brett at Flying Tiger Entertainment can be reached at MOUNTAIN BOY is supported by Fujairah Creative City and the Abu Dhabi Film Commission.

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