OIC to discuss international prize for promoting tolerance, dialogue

Updated 30 October 2017

OIC to discuss international prize for promoting tolerance, dialogue

JEDDAH: The committee for instituting the OIC’s international prize to honor media outlets and professionals who have made outstanding contributions to promoting tolerance, harmony and intercultural dialogue, will hold its second meeting at the headquarters of the Union of News Agencies in OIC Member States (UNA) in Jeddah on Monday.
The director of the public information and communication department, Maha Akeel, said that the meeting will discuss the terms and modalities of launching the prize, which was established at the initiative of President of the Republic of Senegal Macky Sall, chairman of the Standing Committee on Information and Cultural Affairs (COMIAC), pursuant to Resolution No. 09/11 issued by the 11th Session of the Islamic Conference of Information Ministers, held in Jeddah Dec. 21-22, 2016.
The prize comes in implementation of the resolution titled “OIC Media Strategy in Countering Islamophobia and Its Implementation Mechanisms,” which was presented to the 11th session in 2016. Akeel said that OIC member states expressed their concern at the rising intolerance against Islam and Muslims in the West and in many areas in the world.
“This intolerance is exacerbated to a large extent by widespread reporting, writings, articles, interviews, commentaries, editorials, op-eds in some Western print and visual media, including social networking sites,” she added.
To counter these campaigns, which deliberately target Islam, the OIC, through various actions, seeks to show the world that Islam is the religion of peace and tolerance.

Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Updated 30 May 2020

Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Hana Abdullah Alomair is the director of Netflix’s first Saudi thriller original series, titled “Whispers,” which is due to begin streaming in 190 countries on June 11. 

A Saudi writer, filmmaker, and movie critic, Alomair won the Silver Palm Tree Award for best script at the Saudi Film Competition in 2008.

She gained a bachelor’s degree in Arabic-English translation from King Saud University in 1992 and four years later a master’s degree in the same field of study from Heriot-Watt University, in Scotland.

Her documentary “Beyond Words” was screened during the Gulf Film Festival in 2019 and was selected for the main competition in this year’s Muscat International Film Festival.

A member of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts, she has worked as a head writer in writing workshops for several TV series. She was a jury member at the Saudi Film Festival held by Rotana in 2013. Her second
flick, “The Complaint,” was selected in the main competition of Tessa’s Festival for Asian and African Films in Morocco in 2014 and it won the Golden Palm
Tree Award for best short fiction film in the Saudi Film Competition in 2015.

In 2016, Alomair, together with Hind Al-Fahhad, scooped the prize for best script for the short film “Peddlers” at the King Fahd Center Short Film Competition.

She recently published a book about the Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa, and in 2017 wrote a play called “Qat Oqat.”

Last year, she wrote and directed her latest short film “Swan Song,” which won the Golden Palm Tree Award for best actor in the Saudi Film Festival.