Dutch Embassy screens Saudi films

Noura bin Saidan, a top graffiti artist, performs live art at the festival. The event aims to boost the Saudi entertainment sector. (AN photo)
Updated 17 April 2019
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Dutch Embassy screens Saudi films

  • Saudi Arabia rediscovering itself with fantastic initiatives, says Ambassador Joost Reintjes

RIYADH: The Dutch Embassy is screening Saudi films during the two-day Falcon Arts Festival, which started on Tuesday night at the embassy premises in the Diplomatic Quarter.
Thirty-one Saudi movies and two international films will be shown on multiple screens.
“Although cinemas have only been reopened recently, the Saudi filmmaking industry has already made quite a name for itself on the international stage,” Joost Reintjes, Dutch ambassador to Saudi Arabia, told Arab News.
Last year, the Dutch Embassy organized the Golden Falcon Film Festival for the first time.
Its success led to the organization of this year’s festival, whose new name reflects a wider range of arts than just film, said Reintjes.
“We’re very happy to offer a wide range of films, from documentaries to animation,” he added. Many are produced by young, promising Saudi talents.
The Kingdom is rediscovering itself with fantastic initiatives, and its people have inherited a cultural wealth that should make them very proud, he said.
“We’re very happy to see this trend continue and to contribute to it, at least to a small extent, with the Falcon Arts Festival,” he added.
The festival includes musical performances and graffiti art, said Alex van Dongen, a policy officer at the embassy.
“Through this year’s edition we hope to contribute, at least to a small extent, to the creative boom of the Saudi entertainment sector,” he added.
The festival starts at 7:30 p.m. on both days, and online registration is required for entrance.
“As I experienced during my time as a cultural attache in Indonesia and Turkey, movies are a great way to connect people,” Jeroen Gankema, the festival’s director, said.
“With the Falcon Arts Festival, we hope that we’re able to contribute to the development of the Saudi creative sector,” he said.
“The Netherlands is a creative country, and it’s our goal to stimulate cultural cooperation and exchange of ideas between our two countries.”
There are 31 Saudi movies and 2 international movies to be screened at the fest out of which three in each categories are nominees for the awards, which are:
Best Movie: The Investor, Hair, Rules of the game
Best Student Film: 7839, Sadya left Sultan, Anchor, and
Best Script: Investor, Samel, Spoiler


Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism: Saudi deputy defense minister

Updated 24 April 2019
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Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism: Saudi deputy defense minister

  • “We have to choose between the chaos that Iran spreads and stability, security and development,” he said
  • Delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz in Russia for an official visit

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman said the Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism and disrespect international laws at the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security on Wednesday.

“We have to choose between the chaos that Iran spreads and stability, security and development,” he said adding that “Iran is spreading chaos in the region through destruction and bloodshed, and by supporting the militias of Hezbollah and Houthis.”

“Houthi militias continue to violate the resolutions of the Security Council and the Stockholm Agreement, ignored UN resolution 2216 and the Gulf initiative…our goal is to achieve stability for Yemeni citizens under a legitimate government,” he said.

The deputy defense minister also said that the Kingdom is witnessing today an unprecedented transformation and development to achieve the vision 2030.

A delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi deputy minister of defense, has arrived in Russia for an official visit on Tuesday, during which the members will take part in the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security and hold a number of meetings.

Prince Khalid was welcomed by Saudi Ambassador to Russia Dr. Raed Qurmali, military adviser Maj. Gen. Talal Al-Otaibi and Military Attache Gen. Mohammad Al-Mutairi, along with the deputy chief of staff of the Russian defense ministry and other civilian and military officials.