Friday, June 2, 2023

Beyond Hollywood: Discover 3 Saudi film gems that speak to good cinematic health

It is very common (perhaps too much) for the proliferation of Anglo-Saxon films in the tables of the best productions of the year. Also the usual recommendations for series and movies that are made by both artists. This preeminence of Anglo-Saxon content they prevent access to other aspects other voices corresponding to the breadths, which often become the amusement of a certain public. One must only remember how Iranian cinema, as rich and removed from intellectual matters as can be seen in the work of, for example: Jafar Panahi, was made by many. a simple and crude joke on moviegoers.

That’s why it goes like the A Saudi film night organized by the Arab World Institute they are so necessary to open minds to the energies of the average movie universe, so inclined to value any average indicator raised to heaven because it comes from the most famous festivals.

The event allowed attendees to explore a new Saudi film three short films by filmmakers from the countryside three dissonant and unique voices, without doubt worthy of note. The night was also led by the directors and actors of the three films as well as Jack Lang, president of the Arab World Institute. These were the three briefs that I defended, proposals that we hope will soon be available on some platform.

‘Me & Aydarous’

Sara Balghonaim, assistant director Haifaa Al Mansour of The Perfect Candidate and star of Dunya on the day of the winner Special Jury Prize at Sundance He makes his directorial debut with Me & Aydarous, an eight-minute film set on a night in Riyadh in 2003. A daring girl who tries to escape from the meeting must meet the driver who takes her.

‘VHS Tape Storage’

Maha Al-Saati, a female filmmaker, decided to address thorny issues in Saudi society such as feminism, the gender constitution and the question of being a woman. In VHS Tape Stores we find a story set in 1987: a young black and Saudi man named Eyad tries to win the love of his life by imitating his beloved artist. A story funny and tender to convey the message of equality.

Some of the previous works of the filmmaker chosen for the feast days as in Fantastic Festival 2018 or Slamdance 2019, as with Hair: The History of Herbs, a fun reflection of hair parties in the Arab world.


In Othman, filmmaker Khaled Zidan, also a cinematographer, tells the story of a security guard who works in the parking lot of a government building. The truth is that you turned him upside down. It is described as a comedy that uses satire to describe a character who is watching He was forced to leave your suggested. Further, those who saw this say that what is written is a twist, both unexpected and dangerous.

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