King Faisal Hospital participates in World Health Forum

Updated 11 September 2018
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King Faisal Hospital participates in World Health Forum

RIYADH: King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center has participated in the World Health Forum held in the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center from Sept. 10 to 12.
The forum offers specialized services in medical and research fields, as well as introducing cooperation between institutions and international medical centers.
Dr. Firas Al-Freih, Consultant of Hematology and Head of the Stem Cell Donors Register at King Faisal Hospital, said the Saudi health minister has visited the hospital’s wing at the forum.
Al-Frieh praised minister Tawfiq Al Rabiah humanitarian gesture in including the name of his excellency in the register for stem cell donors, in a bid to encourage others to follow his steps, in what helps in finding donors for patients struggling with severe diseases.
Dr. Al-Freih noted that the turnout of donors who registered their names ta forum was quite encouraging, adding that the register was established in 2016 and the number of donors in its database is about 51,000 people.
The importance of this register lies in fulfilling the needs of patients suffering severe illnesses that could be treated by stem cell transplants from donors if found to be a good match for a recipient.


Saudi Movie ‘Joud’ to screen at Ithra during National Day celebrations

The film’s producer, and program director of the center, Abdullah Al-Ayaf, said that “Joud” sets a cinematic precedent for the Kingdom. (Social media)
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Saudi Movie ‘Joud’ to screen at Ithra during National Day celebrations

  • Scenes filmed in various parts of the Kingdom are accompanied by a lively musical soundtrack, taking viewers on a journey of discovery of the Saudi lifestyle.

JEDDAH: The Saudi film “Joud,” produced by the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra), which is now screening in local and international cinemas in the Kingdom, will also be shown at Ithra’s own cinema from September 20 to 23, 2018, as part of the center’s National Day events.

The film, which dispenses with dialogue to make it more accessible to a global audience, features visuals inspired by classical Arabic poems that reflect the natural heritage and diversity of Saudi Arabia, the discovery of oil and the resultant social change. Scenes filmed in various parts of the Kingdom are accompanied by a lively musical soundtrack, taking viewers on a journey of discovery of the Saudi lifestyle.

The film’s producer, and program director of the center, Abdullah Al-Ayaf, said that “Joud” sets a cinematic precedent for the Kingdom, “and we believe that its uniqueness opens the door to discovering more stories preserved in the hearts of our people and our land.”

He added that Ithra was keen for Saudi filmmakers to work alongside an international crew during production of the film. For example, assistant director Osama Al-Kharji directed scenes set in Makkah, with director of photography Abdullah Al-Shuraidah and cameraman Fahad al-Dajani, while Hussam Al-Hilweh helped to write the script. Composer Diaa Azouni contributed to the soundtrack, and co-director Osamah Saleh was responsible for behind-the-scenes photography for almost a year.

Andrew Lancaster, the film’s director, said that “Joud” “shows how music and natural landscape play a big role in communicating the soul of the movie.” He added that it "talks about a deep experience through culture, music and natural landscape. It was a great adventure for me to transfer this to the screen.”

Ithra, in Dhahran, aims to set new standards for excellence in the Saudi film industry, and create innovative projects through its relationships with partners and visitors by stimulating the sustainability of creative and cultural communities. Through its diverse programs, the center helps to develop new ways to foster creativity, supporting and promoting national talent by providing an environment for the production and exchange of knowledge, in a manner that respects diversity and promotes different concepts in science and the arts.