Feature film ‘Champions’ begins shooting in Jeddah

The crew kicked off filming this week. (Supplied)
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Updated 25 February 2020

Feature film ‘Champions’ begins shooting in Jeddah

DUBAI: Feature film “Champions” began shooting in Jeddah this week, with filming scheduled for seven consecutive weeks. 

The 90-minute film, helmed by Oscar-winning producer Andrés Vicente Gómez and directed by Manuel Calvo, tells the story of an assistant coach in Saudi Arabia’s top football league called Khaled.

After an outburst, Khaled loses his job and begins to coach a group of players with intellectual disabilities. The film will follow the lead character as he struggles with his new role.

Starring Yasser Al-Saggaf, the host of MBC’s “The Voice,” alongside Fatima Al-Banawi of “Barakah Meets Barakah” fame, the film will also feature Jeddah-based people with intellectual disabilities.

A crew of 90 film professionals from Saudi Arabia and Spain will film in various locations across Jeddah before filming moves to Dubai.

Arab celebs call for pet protection online

Lebanese stars Elissa and Wael Kfoury took to Instagram to share pictures with their pets. (AFP)
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Arab celebs call for pet protection online

DUBAI: Celebrities in the Arab world are taking part in a social media campaign to raise awareness about pets not passing on coronavirus to their owners. 

Lebanese stars Elissa, Nawal El-Zoghbi, and Wael Kfoury took to Instagram to share pictures with their pets captioning them: “Pets give love not corona.”


Even at home, you should stay active! I workout daily while lazy Star sits there to watch! #elissa

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Earlier this week, a number of Egyptian singers and actors also appeared in a video, which they shared on Instagram, to educate their followers about the issue. “Cats and dogs do not pass on coronavirus,” they repeatedly said in the video, quoting the World Health Organization. 

“Some people are getting rid of their cats and dogs and giving them away,” Reham Ayman, an Egyptian actress, said in the video. 

“Their life revolves around no one but you, do not throw them in the streets” actress Engy Wegdan added.