TheFace: Saudi-Argentine fashion designer Safiah Alaquil

Safiah Alaquil (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 27 April 2018

TheFace: Saudi-Argentine fashion designer Safiah Alaquil

I am a Saudi-Argentine fashion designer who was born in San Francisco, California.

Growing up, I studied in the US, Saudi Arabia and Argentina, before returning to California to obtain my undergraduate degree in psychology.

I feel very fortunate to come from such a diverse heritage.

I began traveling at an early age, which is probably why I love exploring, learning and being constantly on the move.

Through my travels, I learned that each country is culturally unique. Its people, their traditions, food and the arts constantly impact my growth and development.

Who am I?

I am a product of all the international experiences and exposure I have gained through the years.

With every country I visited, I realized what a powerful and humbling experience each was, and how they helped mold and develop me as a person.

The more I traveled, the more I wanted to give back. It was no longer enough for me to simply explore different cultures.

I wanted to understand them and contribute what I could back to society as a favor returned.

It was with this in mind that my fashion line Badawiah was born.  

 

 

Safiah Alaquil (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)


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.