At Janadriyah, two brothers transport visitors to a nostalgic past

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The brothers recreated a portrayal of life in the 1970s. (SPA)
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The brothers recreated a portrayal of life in the 1970s. (SPA)
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The brothers recreated a portrayal of life in the 1970s. (SPA)
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The brothers recreated a portrayal of life in the 1970s. (SPA)
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The brothers recreated a portrayal of life in the 1970s. (SPA)
Updated 09 January 2019
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At Janadriyah, two brothers transport visitors to a nostalgic past

  • Reflecting on the slower pace of life in the 1970s, the brothers chatted with festival visitors and read out newspaper articles from the era

JEDDAH: Two brothers took hundreds of visitors on a nostalgic journey back to 1970s Saudi Arabia at this year’s Janadriyah festival.

Mohammed Al-Mebred, 24, and his 21-year-old brother Abdullah, put on a display recreating life in a typical Saudi household during that decade.

The young Saudis, from the city of Al-Kharj, had gathered together old school books, a radio, television, games and other items for their authentic portrayal of life in the 1970s.

They also staged some play acting based on their 1970s theme to entertain visitors at the popular national heritage and cultural festival, now in its 33rd year.

Reflecting on the slower pace of life in the 1970s, the brothers chatted with festival visitors and read out newspaper articles from the era.

They also screened shows from the 1970s on an original TV set, including the Kuwaiti comedy series Khalty Gmasha. Vintage speakers were used to play the music of Saudi singers Eisa Al-Ehsaei, Basheer Shannan and Fahad bin Saeed. 


Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

Updated 21 March 2019
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Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

  • The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts
  • The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month

DHAHRAN: As part of Sharqiah Season in the Eastern Province, the fifth Saudi Film Festival will feature Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Indian superstar Salman Khan.
The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA) in partnership with the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).
Khan recently announced in a video message that he will visit Ithra on Sunday as a guest of the film festival.
“Hello Saudi Arabia, assalamu alaikum,” he said in the video. “See you at Ithra on the 24th of March, InshaAllah.”
The actor is best known for his performances in blockbuster Hindi flicks such as “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, “Ek Tha Tiger” and its sequel “Tiger Zinda Hai.”
In “An Evening with the Stars,” Khan will talk about his lengthy Bollywood career as both a film star and a producer.
He has starred in more than 80 Bollywood films, and has produced more than 30 via his production company Salman Khan Films.
On Monday, Gooding Jr. will take to the stage to discuss his 30 years of experience as an actor.
The American is best known for his performances in “Jerry Maguire”, “A Few Good Men” and “Men of Honor.”
Gooding Jr. has played more than 85 roles over the course of his career. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Rod Tidwell in the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire.”
Tickets to both events, as well as for the film festival as a whole, are available on Ithra’s website.
The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month, with more than 83 activities in nine cities.