‘Shams Al-Maaref’ (The Book of Sun) to premiere at Red Sea film festival

‘Shams Al-Maaref’ (The Book of Sun) captures the spirit of a generation whose lives were transformed by the internet. (Photo/ Supplied)
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Updated 17 February 2020

‘Shams Al-Maaref’ (The Book of Sun) to premiere at Red Sea film festival

  • Film supported by the Red Sea Film Festival Foundation through the Tamheed Fund

JEDDAH: The Saudi feature film ‘Shams Al-Maaref’ (The Book of Sun) will have its world premiere when the Red Sea International Film Festival opens in Jeddah on March 12.

The film directed by Faris Godus, which is produced and topbilled by his brother Suhaib, is also entered in the festival’s In Competition category.

‘Shams Al-Maaref’ captures the spirit of a generation whose lives were transformed by the Internet. Set in 2010, high school senior Husam (Baraa Alem) finds himself drawn into the world of video production, an obsession that takes his focus away from the ordinary pursuits of high school and teenage life.

His best friend Maan (Ismail Alhasan), their one-time foe Ibrahim (Ahmed Saddam) and teacher Orabi (Sohayb Godus) also become preoccupied with the online world and the possibility of a medium that comes to represent freedom to them. The group set out to produce a no-budget horror movie – a wild adventure of self-expression and creativity that their families believe will put their futures at risk.

The Godus brothers came to fame through their efforts in projects such as Telfaz 11 and their acclaimed short film ‘Depressing Scene’ (2016) and the Saudi Ramadan TV series ‘Another Planet’.

The Red Sea Film Festival Foundation supported the film, bestowing a $500,000 production grant via the Tamheed Fund, a one-time award for emerging Saudi filmmakers. The film is one of a number backed by the Red Sea Film Festival Foundation’s broad slate of grants and funds.

Festival Director Mahmoud Sabbagh commented: “An insider’s look at the origins of new cinema in Saudi Arabia, ‘Shams Al-Maaref’ (The Book of Sun) is a fitting opening to the Kingdom’s first-ever international film festival. The Godus brothers have created a testament to the passionate community of pioneering filmmakers, who have inspired and drive Saudi cinema culture.”


Influencer Nadya Hassan celebrates her 30th birthday in style at home

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Influencer Nadya Hassan celebrates her 30th birthday in style at home

DUBAI: Dubai-based influencer Nadya Hassan turned 30 on Friday and the style and travel blogger found a way to celebrate her landmark birthday in spite of the country-wide stay-at-home mandates due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Happy 30th to me. I was meant to be in Vegas today to bring in my 30th but here’s we are,” wrote the fashion star on Instagram, alongside a series of snaps of her birthdays throughout the years. 

Indeed, celebrating her big day in far-flung locales appears to be an annual ritual for the newly-minted 30-year-old. In previous years, Hassan has rung in her special day in exotic destinations such as Tokyo and Havana. This year was scheduled to be no different, until the coronavirus affected her travel plans.

However, the influencer didn’t let spoiled vacation plans put a damper on her milestone birthday. Hassan took to her Instagram Stories to provide a sneak peek of how she decided to celebrate her big day, uploading videos and snaps for her 212,000 followers.

“Quarantine birthday! Got dressed up for my 30th and why not?” she wrote alongside a picture of herself wearing a silver, sequined gown and metallic earrings. 

Another video sees the blogger blowing out a stack of candle-lit macarons while surrounded by balloons. 

The region’s fashion set took to social media to pay tribute to Hassan on her special day. 

The region’s fashion set took to social media to pay tribute to Hassan on her special day. 

“Happy birthday baby girl,” wrote Iraqi influencer Deema Al-Asadi. Ahmed Dabbas also shared a heartfelt birthday post, writing “Happy birthday Queen N. Love you and miss you so much.”