CultuREEL: “As One” Film Screening

April 6, 2016

Media Contacts: Monique McSween | (202) 939-5882 |


Embassy of the United Arab Emirates to join U.S. government officials, Senior diplomats, media and policy advocates, and cultural leaders at film screening.


In recognition of National Autism Awareness Month, Meridian International Center, Image Nation Abu Dhabi, and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, DC, will co-host a screening of the documentary As One: The Autism Project on Thursday, April 7th. This film highlights the children, parents, and teachers involved in The Autism Project, an initiative started by Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi to raise awareness of autism in the United Arab Emirates through the power of theatre, dance, music, and performance. A panel discussion will follow the film, with panelists and guests from the diplomatic corps, the private sector, and academia; including experts in childhood autism, disability services, special education, and art therapy. As One was produced by Image Nation Abu Dhabi, one of the leading media and entertainment companies in the Arabic-speaking world, and is presented as part of Meridian’s “CultuREEL” Film Series.


  • Image Nation Abu Dhabi
  • Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
  • Ari Ne’eman, Founder, Autistic Self Advocacy Network (Moderator)
  • Danielle Perissi, Producer, As One (Panelist)
  • Dr. Susan Daniels, Director of the Office of Autism Research Coordination, US Department of Health & Human Services (Panelist)


  • Image Nation Abu Dhabi
  • Meridian International Center
  • Embassy of the United Arab Emirates


Meridian International Center
1630 Crescent Place NW
Washington, DC 20009


Thursday, April 7, 6:00PM – 9:30PM*
* Film screening begins promptly at 7:00PM


Interviews with hosts, film producer, and other attendees may be arranged upon request. This event is on the record.

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