Irish movie night brings delight to Jeddah’s audience

Caption: The diverse audience holds its breath in anticipation for the movie right before the screening.
Updated 20 February 2018

Irish movie night brings delight to Jeddah’s audience

JEDDAH: The Consulate of Ireland celebrated its annual Irish movie night at the Italian Cultural Center in Jeddah on Monday night.
The event was supported by the Delegation of the European Union in Saudi Arabia and is part of the 12th European Film Festival. These festivals attempt to educate Saudis about different cultures and promote exchanges between Saudi Arabia and European countries.
The film was screened on a moonlit veranda, and attendees enjoyed the film as well as the nice breeze that filled the open space.
“Waking Ned” introduces Saudis to two best friends, Jackie O’Shea, played by Ian Bannen, and Michael O’Sullivan, played by David Kelly, as they chance upon someone in their village who has won the lottery and they want in on the cash. When the lottery winner dies from shock, the entire village rounds up to convince an inspector that O’Sullivan is the deceased to split the reward.
“We chose this movie, as opposed to last year’s horror film because we wanted to break routine. Everyone’s joining us after a long day at work and they just want to relax,” the office manager at the consulate, Rodaina Harb, told Arab News.
“We wanted to display Irish culture, it’s beautiful music, the simplicity of their life, and to distinguish it, as most Saudis believe it to be a part of Britain, when it’s its own country. in fact,” she added.
Fatima Mazin, a female in attendance told Arab News: “I thought the movie was hilarious, and the fact that the people put their wits together to fool someone and get that much money was very amusing.”
Turki Qalye attended the event with his sister. “I love coming to movie nights and enjoy every genre but horror. We’re both looking forward to cinemas reopening so we can enjoy this more often.”

Saudi photographer reveals unfamiliar tourist sites in the south of the Kingdom

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Saudi photographer reveals unfamiliar tourist sites in the south of the Kingdom

  • Hassan Haroobi calls for investing in photography to develop visual culture

MAKKAH: Hassan Haroobi began taking photographs in 2013, having had a “passion for photography” since his childhood.

“I got my first camera in 2013 and the regions which I took photos of reflect the beauty of the southern region of our beloved Kingdom, especially in the Harub province in eastern Jazan, 110 kilometers away from the city,” he told Arab News.

He has taken many distinguished photos since starting out, including one of a giant moon, and the famous photo of the student that lately circulated on social media. “Nature is a divine beauty that encourages creativity and photography,” he said.

Any person who loves photography seeks to capture everlasting photos to show nature to the whole world, be it plants, animals, seas, soil, water, or air, he said.

“This is why nature is like a treasure granted by God for humans to benefit, and nature is our source of living,” said Haroobi.

He added: “It is from nature that people get natural resources to procure all their needs. It is from nature that they take materials they use in their daily life. This is why life is like a big store for whatever the human needs to live, starting from his food, and ending with things that he produces and uses. The human is an important part of nature and is an extension to it.”

The first thing a photographer needs to think of before going out to take pictures is “what is the best moment to take an extraordinary picture?” he said.

“This is something that some people consider trivial, for we can take photos anytime we want. Yes, this does not contradict reality; however everything has its suitable moments so that it would be done in the best way,” he added.

He noted that photography was a widespread art. Professional photographers, or those aiming to become one, should be organized in everything they do, he said, from planning the location, preparing the camera, and ensuring enough and suitable equipment for every photo session.

As for the best time to take photos, Haroobi said the “golden hour” before sunrise or sunset is perfect, especially with for portraits and landscapes with smooth, easily controlled light.

Photography in Saudi Arabia has become available to everyone through modern mobile devices, and anybody can become a professional photographer, he said.

“Photography does not depend on the type of camera; it primarily depends on the vision and perception of the photographer on how he takes the picture, what he will focus on, and how he will shed light on a certain part while discarding other less important parts,” he said.

He pointed out that taking into consideration the basic conditions of photography rather than the camera itself would turn a picture from an ordinary one to a professional one.

“Although using a professional camera would render the photo more brilliant and professional, it would not alone produce the beauty, for it could give worse results than the mobile if the user ignores photography techniques,” said Haroobi. “Because mobiles and simple cameras are designed to make autocorrections, and it is exactly like in painting where skills lie in the painter and not the pen.”

He advised photographers of both genders not to go out and take pictures during rainy days and storms, especially in mountains, for the southern regions of the Kingdom witness difficult and possibly dangerous conditions.

The photographer also called on increasing investment in the art of photography by organizing competitions for the most beautiful pictures.