‘Muhammad the Messenger’ to be filmed in Qatar

Updated 01 September 2015
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‘Muhammad the Messenger’ to be filmed in Qatar

MONTREAL, Canada: Alnoor Holdings, a Qatar-based media group, announced that it has entered the execution phase for its septology film franchise based on the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Over $1 billion is allocated for the epic production that will be filmed in Qatar and selected global locations. The budget is one of the largest of its kind aligning it with productions such as the Harry Potter series, the Lord of the Rings and Avatar. The septology has been developed in collaboration with the legendary and acclaimed producer Barrie Osborne (producer and Oscar winner for Lord of the Rings, The Matrix Franchise, Godfather and many others), who has played a key role from the onset of the project. The story lines are being formulated to launch the first film by 2018.
Current market dynamics stipulate that successful epic franchises exceed $ 1 billion budgets and such projects require dedicated time to amalgamate creative storytelling with associated sensitivities and complexities. It is well-known that projects such as Lord of the Rings required many years of development prior to production and such trends repeated in many other successful productions such as Avatar, World War Z and others.
Dr. Azahar Iqbal, International Productions Executive of Alnoor Holdings, has engaged more than 200 experts, scholars and writers from various countries around the world to conceptualize the septology. The process of enrichment of the storyline included experts from Hollywood and diverse cultural backgrounds to formulate it as a universal message for all humankind. The storyline has emerged as one that will certainly be captivating and is creatively set, with a balance between fiction and non-fiction. Dr. Iqbal states that the development stages of the septology over the last five years engaged professionals and experts in workshops in Qatar, London, New York, Chicago, Paris, Malaysia, Turkey and other locations.
Ahmed Al-Hashemi, Alnoor Holdings chairman, states that Alnoor wants the septology to reflect the true values and persona of the focus behind the epic — Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The development of this project has paid particular attention to quality of content, the latest cinematic technology, visual effects and storytelling. The films will bring a ‘wow’ factor in graphics and visual effects that has not been achieved before. The septology takes the protagonist(s) through a journey where he experiences the true love of his Creator — Almighty God, in ensuring that good prevails over evil. The protagonist(s) is on a quest for answers for the meaning and purpose of life. The storyline of each film is creatively aligned to the life of Muhammad (peace be upon him).
The Prophet (peace be upon him) has not been physically depicted in the film.


Banksy ‘snow’ pollution mural sold for over $130,000

Updated 18 January 2019
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Banksy ‘snow’ pollution mural sold for over $130,000

  • The ‘snow pollution’ mural appeared in the town of Swansea Bay, home to one of the biggest steelworks in the world
  • The buyer will lend the mural to Port Talbot in hopes it would attract international artists to the area

LONDON: A mural by elusive British street artist Banksy depicting a child enjoying falling snow that is in fact pollution from a burning bin has been sold for over $130,000 to a British art dealer.
From one side, the “Season’s Greetings” mural on a concrete block garage in Wales shows a small boy with his tongue out to catch snow that, when viewed from another side, turns out to be ash from an industrial bin.
“I bought it and it cost me a six-figure sum,” John Brandler of Brandler Galleries, told Reuters by telephone.
“I am lending it to Port Talbot for a minimum of two or three years. I want to use it as a center for an art hub that would bring in internationally famous artists to Port Talbot.”
The mural appeared last month in the town on the edge of Swansea Bay, home to one of the biggest steelworks in the world.
Brandler, 63, said the entire mural — on the corner of a garage — had to be moved in one piece. He declined to give a specific price for the piece.
When asked how he could afford such luxuries, he said: “I am an art dealer. I own several Banksies, I also own (John) Constable, (Thomas) Gainsborough, (Joseph Mallord William) Turner, I’ve got (urban artist) Pure Evil — I’ve got all sorts of art.”
“My hobby is my business. The last time I went to work was when I was 18,” Brandler said.
Banksy, who keeps his real name private, has become the most famous street artist in the world by poking fun at the excesses of modern capitalism and lampooning hollow icons, slogans and opinions.
Previous works include “Mobile Lovers” which shows an embrace between lovers who stare over each other’s shoulders at their mobile phones and an abrupt warning near Canary Wharf in London that reads “Sorry! The lifestyle you ordered is currently out of stock.”