Comedy is the title at the Saudi Film Festival

Comedy is the title at the Saudi Film Festival
Comedy is the title at the Saudi Film Festival
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Amidst Arab and international hospitality, the Saudi National Film Festival (9) opened last Thursday in the city of Dammam. Comedy cinema topped this session, through which all ideas emerge, as large as the comedy’s heart.

We are closely following this global presence of Saudi cinema, which has jumped beyond borders. All this will only be achieved with the availability of strategic depth and infrastructure. I mean, of course, the launch of cinema from within. Before the world recognizes you, you must first know yourself, have the ability to say in your homeland (we are here).

And so was the decision nine years ago in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to hold a film festival through an association of amateurs in love with the seventh art, all of whose members gathered on one goal, which is to revive cinema, which was considered by a sector of society (an abomination of the devil’s work), a long and honorable history of struggle. By that association, with the help and support of some of the voices that had access to the decision-maker. The road was bumpy and full of thorns.

Social restrictions were in control, and there are those who see their continuation as the goal, before Saudi Arabia glowed in the path of openness during the reign of King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the godfather of that renaissance.

However, strategically the goal was to revive cinema at home, and about three years ago the Red Sea Festival was launched in Jeddah to see a global view, and we watched a Saudi pavilion in which the Kingdom’s flag was raised on the Riviera beach at the Cannes Festival, announcing strongly that there is an idea coming for the benefit of the citizen and the reconciliation of life. .

At the opening of the Cannes Festival on May 16, you will read on the opening film the name of Saudi Arabia as a main participant in the production, the film obtains its nationality from the production, and so we will see (Jean Dor Barry) by French director Mayon and starring American star Johnny Depp, a joint Saudi-French film.

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They are rhythmic bowls that move according to a polyphonic system, led by a maestro who knows exactly how to maintain (harmony). A multifaceted state system that holds many threads.

In the beginning comes the homeland, and this is how we see all this progress in its cultural, artistic and entertainment face, and it indicates that the national festival, which agrees to support more than one side, is organized by the Cinema Association and with the participation of the King Abdulaziz Cultural Center (Ithra) and the Film Commission.

The festival is headed by the poet, writer and director Ahmed Al-Mulla, and the poet precedes the cinematographer. It was always imagination in the beginning. Just establishing a cinema association in an apparently unprepared soil is a kind of flight away from what is available, traditional, and possible. The festival has been launched since 2008, when it stumbled for some years because of these haters. For life, whom we see in many countries in our Arab world, all of this relies first on the will of its motto to challenge and conquer the impossible.

Choosing a (theme) in its depth carries a secret and magic. Comedy is one of the most important titles of freedom. Satirical art is evidence of the people’s strength.

The space available to me has run out, and we will continue our journey tomorrow from the city of (Dammam)!

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