Stars in their eyes: US film school seeks Saudi talent

Haifaa Al-Mansour
Updated 26 February 2018
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Stars in their eyes: US film school seeks Saudi talent

LONDON: The re-opening of cinemas in Saudi Arabia is drawing interest from international film schools seeking to recruit the next generation of filmmakers from the Kingdom.
The New York Film Academy is sending a team to Riyadh next month to promote its degree programs as the country opens cinemas for the first time in 35 years.
“The re-opening of movie theaters in Saudi Arabia is a huge breakthrough. It’s the pre-condition for the development of a local industry and I think that’s really important,” Professor Chris Berry of the department of film studies at King’s College London told Arab News.
“People in the Arab world are very aware of the decline of the Egyptian cinema. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, and through the 1980s and 1990s, the Arab world was dominated by a Cairo-based industry.
“That industry went into decline for lots of reasons, including Hollywood’s efforts to get into that part of the world — so there has been a lack of local industry, distribution and local content.”
The Saudi government said on Dec. 11 that commercial cinemas would be allowed to operate in the Kingdom from as early as March 2018.
Within weeks, cinema operators including Vue International had announced plans to develop movie theaters across the country.
That move may spur interest among young Saudis to pursue film studies and emulate the success of directors such as Haifaa Al-Mansour, whose 2012 drama “Wadjda” earned a Best Foreign Film nomination at the 2014 BAFTA Awards in the UK.
“Her story about traveling overseas to get trained and somehow being able to make this film in Saudi Arabia is indicative of this determination to move things forward,” said Prof. Berry.
“So it’s interesting that the government in Saudi Arabia seems to be moving in a similar direction.
“There have also been exhibitions of video art and other kinds of audio visual material from Saudi Arabia that have been going around in various shows around the world, indicating a much stronger audio visual literacy, if you will — but also more of an ability to deploy audio visual media than maybe people would have expected.”
The New York Film Academy will visit Saudi Arabia to host information sessions from March 12 to 14.


Saudi scouts to participate in the Inter-American forum in Peru

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Saudi scouts to participate in the Inter-American forum in Peru

  • Organized by the Scout Association of Peru, the event is for young people aged 18 to 25
  • The activities include cycling, horseback riding, kayaking, climbing and descending, and windsurfing

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association is set to participate in the Third Inter-American Scout Moot in Peru from Jul 27 to Aug 5, under the theme “Walking together through America.”
It is an official event of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), hosted and organized by the Scout Association of Peru, for young people aged 18 to 25.
More than 2,000 scouts from 160 national associations from around the world are expected to participate in the event, which also marks the 100th anniversary of the scout movement.
The Secretary General of the Saudi Scout Association, Dr. Abdullah Al-Fahd, said, “the forum provides an opportunity for participants to connect with the world and make new friends as part of their scouting adventure.”
He added the forum will offer an opportunity to exchange intercultural experiences among participants, and to practice collective projects, all participating in Creating a Better World.
The head of the Saudi Scouts delegation, Nasser Al-Aqeel, said that the program includes activities for adventure, the most important of which are cycling, horseback riding, kayaking, climbing and descending, and windsurfing.
The forum includes several workshops, including developing ones self, effective communication, the solar environment, financial intelligence.
It will also feature courses in photography, prevention of anemia, Andean vision, reforestation, agriculture and human rights, as well as traditional games and night activities.
The word moot is Old English and means “an assembly held for discussion.”