The powerful selection brought to London’s BFI audience – this year the festival in total attracted 184,7000 viewers - the most vivid, wonderful and colourful cinematic proof of a real force to be reckoned with and that which is embodied in the talent of the local filmmakers, producers and actors who are working from within the Arab region; and, whom are all artistically, via film, reflecting on the current realities of political and social upheavals as well as tackling universal human subjects without the use of simplified or over-complicated clichés.
Barakah Meets Barakah
The lack of a visual reference point has also added to the problem. In terms of world cinema, only one film production originating in Saudi has ever made it to the big wide international screen in the past few years. ‘Wadjda’ (2012) by Haifaa Al Mansour was the first feature film shot entirely in the Kingdom and the first ever made by a female Saudi director. Now the good news is that we have a new movie made in Saudi and created by a young terrific trio that opens up the country in a new and a very much up-to-date kind of way.
Taking place from 5-16 October, 2016 the screenings can be viewed across fourteen London-based cinematic venues, including: the BFI Southbank, the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), the RItzy Cinema, the Curzon Cinemas, the Vue West End, the Embankment Garden Cinema and others. Part of the festival programme will also feature a stellar line-up of directors, cast and crew who are expected to take part in career interviews, screen talks, Q+As and Industry talks for those interested to learn more from behind the scenes.