New board to develop Saudi film industry

New board to develop Saudi  film industry
People are seen inside the first Saudi Arabia cinema in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia January 13, 2018. (REUTERS)
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Updated 27 July 2020

New board to develop Saudi film industry

New board to develop Saudi  film industry
  • The Film Authority will provide training courses, adopt training programs, develop educational programs

RIYADH: A newly appointed board of directors at Saudi Arabia’s Film Authority will help develop the Kingdom’s film industry.
The Saudi Ministry of Culture announced the formation of the board, with Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan as chairman and Deputy Minister of Culture Hamed bin Muhammad Fayez as vice-president.
Board members include Haifa bint Abdulrahman Al-Mansour, Mohialdeen bin Saleh Kamel, Amanda Nevill, Mohammed bin Youssef Al-Khuraiji and Amer bin Jassim Al-Hamoud.
Under the management of CEO Abdullah Al Ayaf Al-Qahtani, the Film Authority will be responsible for developing the industry by creating and proposing strategy for the sector.

It will also help develop and support filmmaking, market Saudi films locally and internationally, collect information and statistics, build a database for the film sector, encourage financing and investment, propose standards for the film sector and motivate individuals, institutions and companies to produce and develop content in the film sector.

The Film Authority will also provide training courses, adopt training programs, develop educational programs, provide scholarships for the gifted, help protect intellectual property rights, issue licenses for relevant activities, organize conferences and events, establish companies, and represent the Kingdom in regional and international bodies.


Religious leaders denounce extremism in Europe

Updated 03 December 2020

Religious leaders denounce extremism in Europe

Religious leaders denounce extremism in Europe

RIYADH: The King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), in collaboration with the European Council of Religious Leaders, organized a virtual dialogue seminar under the theme “The Contributions of Religious Leaders in Tackling Violent Extremism and Promoting Social Cohesion in Europe: Fight and Response.”
The seminar was part of a series of initiatives by KAICIID to promote social cohesion in Europe following recent terrorist attacks in France and Austria. 
KAICIID’s secretary-general, Faisal bin Muaammar, said that terrorists’ behavior stemmed from a false and misleading understanding of their religion. “They chose the language of violence, leaving behind all peaceful alternatives,” he said.

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The seminar was part of a series of initiatives by KAICIID to promote social cohesion in Europe following recent terrorist attacks in France and Austria.

Bin Muaammar highighted the effects social media platforms have in fueling violence and hatred after similar attacks in recent years.
“The responses and counter-responses from followers of religions and cultures in Europe and the world at large fuel controversy, hate speech and crimes according to research and studies adopted in this regard,” he said.
“The abuse of religion on one hand, and the targeting of societal components, religion, race and culture, on the other hand, have become an exciting feature of some societies. Last week, there was an attack on a rabbi on a street in Vienna because of his apparent religious identity only. Behind every story like this, there may be hundreds of similar stories out of the spotlight,” he added.
Participants addressed several themes, including the effectiveness of dialogue, and strengthening partnerships between religious leaders and policymakers to prevent extremism and potential violence.
Bin Muammar said that the virtual seminar reflects the center’s attempt to “provide space for reflection, confidence and participation.”