‘Winds of Change’ drama recalls 1979 Makkah Grand Mosque attack

‘Winds of Change’ will be shown during the Holy Month and depicts events surrounding the 1979 terrorist attack at the Makkah Grand Mosque orchestrated by Juhaiman Al-Otaibi and his group of followers. An official toll put the dead at 153 with 560 wounded. AFP. (AFP)
Updated 29 April 2019

‘Winds of Change’ drama recalls 1979 Makkah Grand Mosque attack

  • The next instalment is due to air over the Holy Month and depicts events surrounding the 1979 terrorist attack at the Makkah Grand Mosque orchestrated by Juhaiman Al-Otaibi and his group of followers
  • The second season delves into the aftermath of the massacre, its impact on the wider Saudi society as well as the rise of the Islamic Awakening movement

JEDDAH: Al-Asoof (‘Winds of Change’) was a big hit for last year’s MBC Ramadan lineup. Now the next instalment is due to air over the Holy Month and depicts events surrounding the 1979 terrorist attack at the Makkah Grand Mosque orchestrated by Juhaiman Al-Otaibi and his group of followers.
It focuses on a Riyadh family at a time of great transformation in the Kingdom.
Written by Abdulrahman Al-Wabil and directed by Muthanna Sobh, the cast included Naser Al- Qasabi, Abdul-Ellah Al-Sanani, Habib Al-Habib, Laila Al-Salman, Afnan Fuad, Reem Abdullah
The second season delves into the aftermath of the massacre, its impact on the wider Saudi society as well as the rise of the Islamic Awakening movement.
Speaking exclusively to Arab News, Ali Jaber, the director of MBC Group Television, said:
“Al-Asoof 2 tackles a major historical event of Saudi Arabia through its plot and dramatic tension which is an important process in the
formation of the present society.
“I believe that MBC to have the courage to tackle a very important and long-lasting effect of the Juhaiman incident is something very important,” he told Arab news.
“Discussing important events and issues have to come available for media to evaluate, criticize, develop, and look into,” Jaber said.
He added that MBC’s message in producing such a show, as a media company, was to make compelling television for its core Saudi audience.
“They (MBC Group) want to reflect and expose the reality of their audience’s life leading up to Juhaiman who turned life in Saudi Arabia upside down and pushed the country and society to a more conservative way of life.”
Relevancy is key according to Jaber.
He said that bringing forth a true image of Saudi Arabia before the Awakening Movement was an important part of the drama.
“We want to produce a drama series about life in Saudi Arabia in the 70s, 80s, and up to the 90s.”
He added: “We believe that life in the pre-Awakening Saudi Arabia was a different life from what it is now, we see that the openness and the good beautiful life was always there in the Kingdom.”
Commenting on Saudi Arabia’s current transformation, he said: “The message is that Saudi Arabia now opening up is something hugely important and it requires diving deep into.”
Al-Asoof 2 is set to be broadcast for MBC channel 1 exclusively in Ramadan.


Saudi Arabia, UAE discuss media cooperation

Updated 16 September 2019

Saudi Arabia, UAE discuss media cooperation

  • The Saudi minister said the plans discussed looked to help increase investment in the media sector and activating the media market

DUBAI: The Joint Committee for Media Cooperation of the Saudi-UAE Coordination Council held its first meeting in Abu Dhabi on Sunday to discuss joint initiatives of the two countries, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The committee discussed joint media initiatives and programs that aim to unify efforts to highlight and to develop media content in a way that contributes to consolidating and enhancing joint action.

“We seek to strengthen the bonds of cooperation between us and support the media sector through a number of programs and projects that will contribute to the development of the sector,” Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Information, Turki Al-Shabanah, said.

“Raising the quality of production between the two countries in a way that contributes to improving the level of audio-visual media work and raising the efficiency and competitiveness of social media,” Al-Shabanah added.

The Saudi minister said the plans discussed looked to help increase investment in the media sector and activating the media market.

Meanwhile, UAE Minister of State and Chairman of the National Media Council, Sultan Al-Jaber said that the two countries look to establish the foundations, rules and principles that consolidate and strengthen the two nation’s common media vision and development media programs that serve their objectives.

“We look forward to this committee to be a unique media platform that … works to transfer experiences in order to enrich the media content and prepare and qualify a constellation of young media leaders in the two brotherly countries,” Al-Jaber said.