500-year-old miniature document top attraction at Madinah exhibition

Updated 30 August 2015

500-year-old miniature document top attraction at Madinah exhibition

JEDDAH: The King Abdul Aziz Foundation will put on display next week a 500-year-old miniature manuscript, according to the SPA.
The manuscript is one of the oldest documents owned by the foundation.
The miniature, a decorative painting on a manuscript, will be displayed at an exhibition in Madinah along with many other local, Ottoman and foreign documents about the holy city. The exhibition is organized by the foundation in association with the Madinah Development Authority and will open on Sept. 6.
The Exhibition of Madinah Manuscripts will have a number of rare documents of historical significance about Madinah; they will be displayed for the first time for researchers as well as visitors. Twelve libraries from the Kingdom and abroad will participate in the exhibition with the support of Saudi Aramco.
At the event, the foundation will highlight Madinah’s development over centuries. The exhibition will also focus on the rich libraries of Al-Saud era.
The exhibition will also focus on manuscripts of early Islam, verses of the Holy Qur’an on various items such as leaves, stones and bones. It will highlight the Holy Qur’an’s final compilation during the time of Caliph Othman bin Affan. A collection of the sayings and traditions of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, will enrich visitors’ experience.
Using high-quality photographs, the foundation has documented in a huge volume the details of manuscripts present in the cabinets of the Holy Mosque and in libraries of schools, including those of the 8th century Al-Shihabiya School. According to reports, there were 124 libraries spread all across Madinah in the early Al-Saud era.

Charlize Theron And Marwan Kenzari Talk ‘The Old Guard’

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Charlize Theron And Marwan Kenzari Talk ‘The Old Guard’

LOS ANGELES: Netflix is keeping the spirit of the summer blockbuster alive amidst a sea of delays with their new action movie, “The Old Guard.” Arab News joined actors Charlize Theron and Marwan Kenzari to find out more about the film via video call. Despite only seeing each other through a computer screen, the cast remained in good spirits.

“It’s a good development; at least you know in this lockdown phase that we’re all experiencing that there is still an opportunity for us to do this,” Kenzari said of the new industry trend of video conferences. “You kind of get used to it quickly, but obviously you will always have the uncomfortableness of not being able to pick up on the smallest details in someone’s answer or question.”

“The Old Guard” marks another leading action role for Theron who, after doing many of her own stunts in “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Atomic Blonde,” has garnered a reputation for playing characters who fight as much as they speak. According to Theron, she finds bridging the gap comes naturally.

The cast of “The Old Guard.” Supplied

“I started my storytelling career as a ballerina, and so physical storytelling was how I told stories for the first part of my life,” said Theron. “There’s a gratifying nature in going back to that kind of storytelling that I really appreciate.”

To Theron’s point, between and during action scenes, “The Old Guard” keeps its focus on the inner lives of its characters. Theron plays the role of Andy, short for Andromache of Scythia, a centuries-old immortal soldier who has all but given up on humanity. Providing contrast is fellow immortal and member of Andy’s mercenary team, Yusuf Al-Kaysani, played by the Dutch-Tunisian actor Kenzari.

Al-Kaysani, now going by the name “Joe,” has weathered eternity by finding and committing to love, avoiding the nihilism that is consuming Andy. This borderline character-study is a refreshing addition to the action movie landscape.

“I always look at my movies and go ‘If we watch this in ten years will it feel modern? Will it hold up?’” Theron said. “I think that’s a good way to look at films. You want to stay in that world where you don’t date a film, but still you still want it to be interesting.”

“The Old Guard” marks another leading action role for Theron. Supplied

Theron credits the success of “The Old Guard’s” characters to screenwriter Greg Rucka, who, alongside artist Leandro Fernández, created the graphic novel from which the film is adapted.“I felt like the story really informed what she would look like and feel like. I can’t take any credit for creating her,” Theron said about Andy. “Greg really wrote a character that to me felt of this world and felt timeless.”

Recognition is also owed to director Gina Prince-Bythewood, whose previous films consist mostly of dramas such as “The Secret Life of Bees.” Between and during the action scenes of the mercenaries struggling to avoid capture by the corrupt head of a pharmaceutical company and discovering a new immortal born in the modern day, Prince-Bythewood is able to bring grounded emotional performances out of her actors, particularly Theron and co-star Kiki Layne.

“I see so much potential for women in the genre because it’s not as compartmentalized as I think people want to make it,” Theron said of the action movie world. With exciting action and complex characters, “The Old Guard” is a film that the cast and crew deserve to celebrate. However, just as we were forced to conduct the interview via video chat, the cast has been unable to see each other in months.

“We’ve worked together so intensely for a while and then we haven’t seen each other for a couple of months, almost a year actually so you kind of miss that,” said Kenzari. “You want to see each other. You want to celebrate the work that you’ve done together.”           

Until they are able to hold an in person premiere party, Theron, Kenzari, Layne and the other minds behind “The Old Guard” have to be content with seeing their film and each other via computer screen.

“The Old Guard” came out Friday, July 10, on Netflix.