Cast of Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ takes a ride to Jordan

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Director Guy Ritchie and the cast of Aladdin. (Disney)
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Will Smith, Naomi Scott, and Menna Massoud. (Disney)
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Aladdin hits the theaters next week. (Disney)
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The cast and crew attended a press junket in Amman. (Disney)
Updated 14 May 2019
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Cast of Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ takes a ride to Jordan

  • Director Guy Ritchie was joined by actors Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and Will Smith at a press junket in Amman
  • The team attended a screening after the press conference

DUBAI: The cast of the upcoming live-action version of Disney’s “Aladdin” visited Jordan on Monday to promote the film, ahead of its wider Gulf release.

Director Guy Ritchie was joined by  actors Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and Will Smith at a press junket in Amman, where the actors talked about their experiences shooting the film.

The press event also saw Egyptian-Canadian actor Massoud speaking in Arabic: “Inshallah, may God bring more happy days to the Arab and Muslim communities and Ramadan Kareem” he said.

Jordan’s Wadi Rum, a famous desert destination in the country’s south, was one of the locations where some major scenes were shot.

Smith, who plays the iconic Genie character, took to Instagram to thank the “Royal Family and the People of Jordan for allowing our Aladdin family to film in your gorgeous country.”

A short video showed four of them at the Amman Citadel, another tourist destination in Jordan.

Massoud echoed Smith’s gratitude to the people of Jordan and the royal family on his Twitter account.

The team attended a screening after the press conference, and they were joined by Prince Ali bin Hussein, the chairman of Jordan’s Royal Film Commission.

They will head to Mexico and Japan as part of their international press tour. 


What We Are Reading Today: The River Ki by Sawako Ariyoshi

Updated 25 May 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: The River Ki by Sawako Ariyoshi

The River Ki, short and swift and broad like most Japanese rivers, flows into the sea not far south of Osaka. On its journey seaward, it passes through countryside that has long been at the heart of the Japanese tradition. 

The River Ki dominates the lives of the people who live in its fertile valley and imparts a vital strength to the three women, mother, daughter and granddaughter, around whom this novel is built.

It provides them with the courage to cope, in their different ways, with the unprecedented changes that occurred in Japan between the last years of the last century and the middle of this century.

Sawako Ariyoshi, one of Japan’s most successful modern novelists, describes this social and cultural revolution largely through the eyes of Hana, a woman with the vision and integrity to understand the inevitability of the death of the traditional order in Japan, says a review published on googlereads.com.

Ariyoshi writes with a love for detail bound to a broader understanding of the importance of the geographical and biological forces that mold her characters — and the result is a story that flows with all the vitality of The River Ki itself.