Speaker : Mohammed Almezel

Mohammed Almezel is the Managing Editor of Gulf News, the region’s leading English language newspaper. Having worked at different newspapers including the UAE’s Leading Arabic Al Khaleej, he joined Gulf News 18 years ago and has been at the helm of its newsroom for more than 13 years, overseeing the evolution of the newspaper to a multi-platform media house.

Speaker : Vikas Punjabi

Vikas Punjabi, Founder of Loco’Motion

Vikas Punjabi uses the power of film to draw attention to important societal issues and inspire the

The objective of is to foster a sense of community through pop-up public screenings of inspiring and meaningful movies with a message.

people of UAE to contribute to their communities.


Their regular events are often timed to mark important international observances, such as

International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women, World Environment Day, and more.

Speaker : Jonathan Gil Harris

Jonathan Gil Harris is Professor of English at Ashoka University, and has formerly held positions at George Washington University, Ithaca College, New York, and the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Professor Harris has authored six books and is currently working on a book project

called Masala Shakespeare, which offers a history of Shakespeare’s pervasive presence in India and Indian languages – from the Nautanki theatre of the north to the Kathakali dance form of Kerala, and from Indian literature in English to the Bollywood film industry.

Speaker : Dr. David Tully

Dr David Tully is a senior lecturer in Media and Film Studies, Middlesex University Dubai.

Dr Tully previously taught at NYU, he also worked as Head of Research at music network VH1. He was the Head of Development for Oscar-winner Volker Engel at his production company Uncharted Territory.

His screenplay for ‘DJINN’, the first international Arab horror movie, was directed by horror legend Tobe Hooper, which broke box-office records in the Middle East. His next film, THE SANDMAN, will be directed by legendary Italian director Dario Argento, and star rock icon Iggy Pop.


Parthajit Baruah is an award-winning Indian film critic and documentary filmmaker, and a member of The International Federation of Film Critics – India. He authored the book Face To Face: The Cinema of Adoor Gopalakrishnan.
His documentaries deal with various socio-political and cultural issues of the state and have won various awards in national and international film festivals. At present, he is engaged with his new book on the legendary Indian filmmaker Shyam Benegal.


Bradley Freeman, one of our Key speakers for #MIMRC19 is a Professor of Communication and Information Studies at the American University Dubai.
Dr. Freeman’s research interests run a wide gamut but tend to deal with how media portray things and what this ultimately means for our lives and societies. He has authored numerous publications and is currently working on an introductory textbook for mass media in the Gulf region, tentatively titled “Introduction to Mass Media: Globe & Gulf.”



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Hashtags: Stories with minimal words

“Please enter your six lettered story… followed by the hash key”

Any new trend that springs up online, generates hoards of new fans…or repels many others! I was in the latter half with the rise of the pound key on social stories. Better known as “Hashtags”.
So why all this jazz with the #?
Turns out Chris Messina first proposed that Twitter users use a hashtag to create “groups” back in 2007. Here is his famous, first-ever tweet using a hashtag:

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Rashmi Praveen
Asst Professor
School of Media and Communication
MAHE Dubai

The modern day art of storytelling

“In our drive to write those perfect stories about the perfect characters, we’ve lost the very essence of storytelling”


One of the best-known names in the history of storytelling is Ibn Batuta, the Moroccan scholar who toured the medieval world over a period of three decades. His travels covered most of the modern-day Middle East, and even great parts of Africa and East Asia. His journals are still referred to by scholars and learners seeking to better understand the medieval era. What he saw, ate, discussed and communicated is what he made note of, making it one of the better logs of history.

Jane Austen, the revered British author known for her blatant and opinioned characters, framed her stories on the things she observed during the British Regency period. ‘Comedies of manners’ was a common theme—the odd nut in the world of refined gentlemen and prim ladies. Her own personal experiences found their way into her books—she was an amateur pianist, and most of her heroines dabbled in music…

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Documentary Filmmaking: Finding the Story

How about finding some raw material in real life?

You can’t invent characters or plot points. You need to select and arrange the findings that express your belief on the subject. At the same time, you need to steer yourself from propaganda, as the work needs to adhere itself to not only the standards of storytelling but also good journalism.

Welcome to the world of Documentary Filmmaking.

My first effort is to always remove any misgivings on the issue of subjectivity on the first day of my film class. God is objective, and she is not telling us. I believe each form of film is an attempt to organize the chaos that is life, the universe. Documentary filmmaking involves choice making on behalf of the filmmaker, and it is always unavoidably subjective. No matter how balanced you keep the film, it can’t be a beacon of objectivity. We all know, some of the most significant truth emerges from fiction.

We choose Documentary Filmmaking as the final outgoing project for our students specializing in Filmmaking at MAHE Dubai. The reason is simple: nonfiction film as a genre has proven to have immense clout and impact: both politically and socially. It’s like for the first time in their life; I want my student to feel like ‘they have a voice, and we provide them all the freedom to express themselves.’ The challenge is to ‘FIND THE STORY’, not necessarily when the film idea is born, but the endless negotiation with its form and how the story of the film evolves…

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Dr. Sabir Haque
Asst Professor
School of Media and Communication
MAHE Dubai Campus

Meet Gulshan Devaiah on 10th April 2018 at MAHE, Dubai!

We’re proud to announce our first guest speaker at the Manipal International Media Research Conference!

Starting his career with Anurag Kashyap’s short film, ‘That Girl in Yellow Boots’, Gulshan Devaiah has many titles to his name, like ‘Shaitan’, ‘Hate Story’, ‘Hunterrr’ and ‘Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela’. His performance in ‘Shaitan’ was critically praised and earned him Filmfare Awards nomination in the category of Best Male Debut and Best Actor in a Supporting Role. His other films include ‘Junooniyat’, ‘Cabaret’, ‘A Death in the Gunj’, ‘CandyFlip’ and a Marathi crime thriller – ‘Daav’.