Companies woo Dar Al-Hekma students at fair

Updated 08 March 2013
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Companies woo Dar Al-Hekma students at fair

More than 40 companies in Saudi Arabia are offering jobs to 500 female job seekers of Dar Al-Hekma (DAH) College in its eight Annual Career Fair 2013. The event, which was held in the college campus, started yesterday and end today.
The fair aims to increase employment opportunities for Saudi women and help companies meet and interview fresh graduates and alumni.
“There is a lot of potential in DAH and the best candidates are usually found here. For now we have three job openings and we are looking for students for community service in our company. We are looking for candidates in client servicing, and as content developers and production managers,” said Omar Hussien, Uturn Entertainment CEO and president. “We are looking for talented and creative people who always think outside the box because this is what our business is all about. We are trying to offer something different to our consumers and anyone who works with us is different, be it our developers, actors or directors,” he added.
Companies that are participating in the fair are looking for both interns and full-time employees. “Our investment company is constantly looking for fresh graduates with fresh minds; we are offering internships in which students or fresh graduates can come and learn from our experts and go through a certain training process, and if they succeed they are offered a full time job with us,” said Marwan Bukhary, head of market intelligence and products at Itqan Capital.
“We are interested in DAH students and graduates in banking and finance and management information system, to be specific,” he added.
IKEA, which is also participating, announced their expansion plans comprising the opening of new branches in Jeddah, Riyadh and Makkah. “We need a massive recruitment campaign and we are willing to look at every CV that comes our way to seriously find people who are fit for the available positions,” said Sarah Alhakeem, recruitment specialist at IKEA. “We are looking for people to work in IT, human recourses, logistic, interior design, sales, cashier, graphic design and food and beverage. We would like to recruit around 300 people for our upcoming openings and we are hoping to find some candidates here,” she added.
Asharqia Chamber Employment Center (ACEC) is a recruitment company that came all the way from the Eastern Province to find employees for their clients all over the Kingdom. “Our company is the link between corporations and individuals looking for jobs; we are based in the Eastern Province but most of the companies we work with have branches all over the Kingdom and this is why we look forward to such events in which we can find the perfect candidate,” said Fahad Al-Addad, recruitment manager at ACEC.
“We are looking for applicants in every field and major. Usually people apply online and we look through their CVs; we are here to promote our website and our work,” he added.


In emotional reunion, Spielberg revisits ‘Schindler’s List’

Updated 27 April 2018
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In emotional reunion, Spielberg revisits ‘Schindler’s List’

  • It was the first time Steven Spielberg had watched “Schindler’s List” with an audience since it was released in 1993
  • Spielberg initially shied away from “Schindler’s List,” scripted by Steven Zaillian and based on Thomas Keneally’s novel “Schindler’s Arkansas”

NEW YORK: Steven Spielberg says no film has affected him the way “Schindler’s List” did.
Spielberg, Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and others reunited for a 25th anniversary screening of “Schindler’s List” at the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday, in an evening that had obvious meaning to Spielberg and the hushed, awed crowd that packed New York’s Beacon Theater. In a Q&A following the film, Spielberg said it was the first time he had watched “Schindler’s List” with an audience since it was released in 1993.
“I have never felt since ‘Schindler’s List’ the kind of pride and satisfaction and sense of real, meaningful accomplishment — I haven’t felt that in any film post-’Schindler’s List,’” Spielberg said.
The reunion was a chance for Spielberg and the cast to reflect on the singular experience of making an acknowledged masterwork that time has done little to dull the horror of, nor its necessity. “It feels like five years ago,” Spielberg said of making the film.
Spielberg shot the film in Krakow, Poland, in black-and-white and without storyboards, instead often using hand-held cameras to create a more documentary-like realism. Neeson remembered Spielberg running with a camera and, on the fly, directing him and Kingsley down Krakow streets. “It was exciting. It was dangerous and unforgettable,” Neeson said.
“Schindler’s List,” made for just $22 million (Spielberg declined a pay check), grossed $321 million worldwide and won seven Academy Awards, including best picture and best director. It also did much to educate the American public on the Holocaust. After the film, Spielberg established the Shoah Foundation, which took the testimony of 52,000 Holocaust survivors.
More needs to be done for Holocaust education, Spielberg said: “It’s not a pre-requisite to graduate high school, as it should be. It should be part of the social science, social studies curriculum in every public high school in this country.”
Making “Schindler’s List” was a profound, emotional and fraught experience for many of those involved. Kingsley recalled confronting a man for anti-Semitism during production. Spielberg said swastikas were sometimes painted overnight. Recreating scenes like those in the Krakow ghetto and at Auschwitz were, Spielberg said, very difficult for most of those involved. Two young Israeli actors, he said, had breakdowns after shooting a shower scene at the concentration camp.
“That aesthetic distance we always talk about between audience and experience? That was gone. And that was trauma,” said Spielberg. “There was trauma everywhere. And we captured the trauma. You can’t fake that. (The scene) where everyone takes off their clothes was probably the most traumatic day of my entire career — having to see what it meant to strip down to nothing and then completely imagine this could be your last day on earth.
“There were whole sections that go beyond anything I’ve ever experienced or seen people in front of the camera experience,” the 71-year-old filmmaker added.
Spielberg actually released two movies in 1993. “Jurassic Park” came out in June, and “Schindler’s List” followed in November. While he was shooting in Poland, Spielberg made several weekly satellite phone calls with the special effects house Industrial Light & Magic to go over Tyrannosaurus Rex shots — a distraction he abhorred.
“It built a tremendous amount of anger and resentment that I had to do this, that I actually had to go from what you experienced to dinosaurs chasing jeeps,” Spielberg told the audience. “I was very grateful later in June, though. But until then, it was a burden. This was all I cared about.”
“Schindler’s List” was a redefining film for Spielberg, who up until then was mostly considered an “entertainer,” associated with fantasy and escapism. Since, he has largely gravitated toward more dramatic and historical material like “Amistad,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Munich,” “Lincoln” and last year’s “The Post.”
But Spielberg initially shied away from “Schindler’s List,” scripted by Steven Zaillian and based on Thomas Keneally’s novel “Schindler’s Arkansas”. He urged Roman Polanski, whose mother was killed at Auschwitz, to make it. Martin Scorsese was once attached to direct.
Yet the making of “Schindler’s List” prompted an awakening for Spielberg, who has said his “Jewish life came pouring back into my heart.” On Thursday, the director said he wanted to make the film about “the banality of the deepest evil” and “stay on the march to murder, itself.”
To keep his sanity while shooting in Poland, he watched “Saturday Night Live” on Betamax and relied on weekly calls from Robin Williams.
“He would call me on schedule and he would do 15 minutes of stand-up on the phone,” said Spielberg. “I would laugh hysterically because I had to release so much. But the way Robin is on the telephone, he would always hang up on you on the loudest, best laugh you’d give him.”