Saudi General Culture Authority takes part in Malmo Arab Film Festival

Updated 11 October 2018
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Saudi General Culture Authority takes part in Malmo Arab Film Festival

  • The festival featured a special celebration of the Kingdom’s film industry, with a showing of 10 Saudi films

JEDDAH: The General Culture Authority (GCA), represented by the Saudi Film Council, participated in the eighth edition of the Malmo Arab Film Festival, which was held from Oct. 5 to 9 in Sweden.

The festival featured a special celebration of the Kingdom’s film industry, with a showing of 10 Saudi films. 

“Wasati,” directed by Ali Kalthami, “The Bliss of Being No One,” directed by Badr Al-Homoud, and “Aatour,” directed by Hussein Al-Mutlaq, participated in the festival’s official competition. 

Effat University participated with seven films and discussion panels attended by its best female students.

The festival program featured meetings between Saudi Film Council CEO Faisal Baltyour and the heads of the Swedish Film Institute and some of the festival’s eminent guests. 

These meetings discussed the Saudi film industry and the opportunities it has to offer investors. 


Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

Updated 22 April 2019
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Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

  • Al-Issa lauds Russian model of national harmony and coexistence
  • Al-Issa also met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament last month

MOSCOW: The Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa held a meeting with the president of the Russian People’s Council, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, and other council members, where they discussed issues of common interest.

They looked into means of boosting cooperation between Russia and the Muslim world, supporting positive national integration programs and countering extremist speeches and Islamophobia.

Al-Issa lauded the Russian model of national harmony and coexistence, while Ordzhonikidze presented Al-Issa with a copy of the council’s yearly report.

At the meeting the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share their experiences in the fight against extremist ideologies, the promotion of interreligious dialogue and coexistence and the implementation of joint projects to achieve shared goals. They also stressed the pure and peaceful values of Islam and rejected all forms of extremism and Islamophobia.

The meeting was attended by the Russian deputy chairman of the Committee for the Development of Agriculture, Aygun Memedov, the chairman of the Committee on the Normalization of Relations Between Nationalities and Religions, Sheikh Albert Karganov, the Mufti of Moscow and the Khanti-Mansisk Region in Siberia Sheikh Tahir Samatov.

Last month, Al-Issa met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin. They discussed subjects related to promoting and supporting dialogue among followers of different religions and civilizations, activating cultural contacts and exchanges between the Muslim world and Russia.

Al-Issa signed a cooperation agreement between the MWL and Moscow’s Fund for Islamic Culture, Science and Education. The agreement focused on tackling extremism and promoting tolerance. The agreement stressed the need for cooperation in the fight against extremism, intolerance, aggression and hostility among religions, races and ideologies that could lead to terrorism.

Both parties agreed to exchange information on the activities of scientific centers, cultural forums and websites.