Ambassador Osama Naqli watched Saudi films at the Cairo Festival
Tuesday November 20 2018 11:36:33 AM – Readers 18
In the opening of the Arab competition at the Cairo Film Festival
"Naqli" Ambassador Attends Saudi Film Show "Second Umrah and Marriage"
The Custodian Ambassador of the Two Holy Mosques, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the League of Arab Countries, Ambassador Osama Naqli, will attend the opening of the Saudi film "Amra and Second Marriage" on Wednesday, November 21. That opened in Cairo on Tuesday.
It is noteworthy that the beginning of the localization of film production in the Kingdom was in the fifties of the last century, with the emergence of the first local film in 1950, and the title "fly", starring Hassan al-Ghanim, whose history records his name as the first Saudi film actor.
The beginning of Saudi film production was in 1966, where he produced the film "The Conspiracy of Conscience" by Saudi director Saad Al-Freih. Then the production level evolved technically until it reached an important station in 1976 when Saudi director Abdullah Al-Muhaisen gave his film "Who handled the Lebanese civil war and won the Nefertiti award for the best short film to be screened at the Cairo Film Festival in 1977.
In 1980, the film "An Appointment with the Unknown" appeared, followed by "Islam the Bridge of the Future" in 1982, which participated in the 6th Cairo Festival and won the Golden Award.
With the beginning of the second millennium, Saudi film production increased, the number of Saudi films in the period 1975 to 2012 reached 255. Saudi directors and directors received dozens of prizes at Arab and international film festivals. Winning the Golden Award for the 2013 Beirut Film Festival, in the same year the Academy of Sciences and Arts announced Oujda's nomination in 71 nominations for the Oscar International Award as the first Saudi film.
In accordance with vision 2030, which was announced by His Majesty Crown Prince Prince Mohammad bin Salman in April 2016, and included important aspects of the development of culture and art to become a new cultural and economic expansion of the Kingdom, the cultural and artistic sectors witnessed a real revival that contributed to the creation of cultural industries related to art, theater, cinema, and infrastructure development for the cultural and entertainment sectors. For this purpose, the relevant bodies such as the General Authority for Culture, the General Authority for Entertainment and the Saudi Film Council were established. The kingdom opens its doors to Arab and international artists and creators. International music and music and entertainment shows are held. Theaters set up in April 2018, the company led by American company AMC, the world's largest cinema company, and Fox Cinema, is expected to open around 350 cinemas with more than 2500 screens by 2030.
This cultural and artistic awakening has a significant impact on the presence of Saudi films in international forums. In August 2016, the comedy "Ponda Pond Beraka" was chosen to represent the Kingdom at the Best Oscar Foreign Film Awards 2017. In May 2018, Saudi Arabia participated in the Film Festival The Cannes International in its latest issue through the special pavilion of the Saudi Film Council, where nine Saudi films are screened in the short film section of the festival in the first official Saudi representation in the history of this large world forum. The general, participated in 10 Saudi films at the Malmö Film Festival in Sweden, to continue creativity and hard work to put Saudi art a real trace in the Arab world and the world.