Maitham Al Musawi is a rarity in Oman. In addition to being an orthopedic surgeon, he is an award winning independent filmmaker. His day job and experience in local hospitals constantly inspire him to tell untold stories through film: “Living with Thalassemia” is a short documentary about a fellow doctor’s struggle with disease; “Raneen” – winner of the Special Jury Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival – tells the story of an abandoned boy who befriends a patient in critical condition. Maitham frequently works with children in his films because, in his words, “kids are the purest form of emotion,” and therefore can relay “messages about a whole community.” In “Crossing,” he uses magical realism to tell a story about a young boy determined to swing to the heavens. His most recent film, “Popcorn,” follows an individual’s life beginning with the Omani tradition of the hol hol (the first birthday).