Dutch Embassy screens Saudi films

Noura bin Saidan, a top graffiti artist, performs live art at the festival. The event aims to boost the Saudi entertainment sector. (AN photo)
Updated 17 April 2019

Dutch Embassy screens Saudi films

  • Saudi Arabia rediscovering itself with fantastic initiatives, says Ambassador Joost Reintjes

RIYADH: The Dutch Embassy is screening Saudi films during the two-day Falcon Arts Festival, which started on Tuesday night at the embassy premises in the Diplomatic Quarter.
Thirty-one Saudi movies and two international films will be shown on multiple screens.
“Although cinemas have only been reopened recently, the Saudi filmmaking industry has already made quite a name for itself on the international stage,” Joost Reintjes, Dutch ambassador to Saudi Arabia, told Arab News.
Last year, the Dutch Embassy organized the Golden Falcon Film Festival for the first time.
Its success led to the organization of this year’s festival, whose new name reflects a wider range of arts than just film, said Reintjes.
“We’re very happy to offer a wide range of films, from documentaries to animation,” he added. Many are produced by young, promising Saudi talents.
The Kingdom is rediscovering itself with fantastic initiatives, and its people have inherited a cultural wealth that should make them very proud, he said.
“We’re very happy to see this trend continue and to contribute to it, at least to a small extent, with the Falcon Arts Festival,” he added.
The festival includes musical performances and graffiti art, said Alex van Dongen, a policy officer at the embassy.
“Through this year’s edition we hope to contribute, at least to a small extent, to the creative boom of the Saudi entertainment sector,” he added.
The festival starts at 7:30 p.m. on both days, and online registration is required for entrance.
“As I experienced during my time as a cultural attache in Indonesia and Turkey, movies are a great way to connect people,” Jeroen Gankema, the festival’s director, said.
“With the Falcon Arts Festival, we hope that we’re able to contribute to the development of the Saudi creative sector,” he said.
“The Netherlands is a creative country, and it’s our goal to stimulate cultural cooperation and exchange of ideas between our two countries.”
There are 31 Saudi movies and 2 international movies to be screened at the fest out of which three in each categories are nominees for the awards, which are:
Best Movie: The Investor, Hair, Rules of the game
Best Student Film: 7839, Sadya left Sultan, Anchor, and
Best Script: Investor, Samel, Spoiler


ThePlace: Souk Al-Majlis of Qassim

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ThePlace: Souk Al-Majlis of Qassim

The Saudi marketplace Souk Al-Majlis, or the Divan Heritage Souk, is part of the old town of Al-Maznab and lies 7 kilometers from the urban center of the city in Al-Derah district.

Al-Maznab township itself is located  in southeastern Qassim province and covers an area of about 2 square kilometers.

It contains more than 380 houses of various sizes, while the old Divan Heritage Souk and the Masque of Bahla Palace form the starting point for the district and its main center.

The souk is popular with visitors and locals and hosts summer events, auctions and folklore presentations among other similar activities.