Saudi short film carries an anti-terror message

Updated 15 March 2016

Saudi short film carries an anti-terror message

JEDDAH: A Saudi filmmaker has produced a short movie highlighting the recent attacks by Daesh members on five mosques in the Kingdom, which resulted in the injury and death of several people.
The four-minute production, entitled “Raana Alaa Goloubhem” or “Their Stained Hearts,” was directed by Rakan Al-Harbi with a modest budget of only $1,100, according to a report in a local publication on Monday.
Al-Harbi’s story begins in a museum set up specifically to display the bodies of the suicide bombers. When a visitor arrives, the museum’s supervisor takes him on a tour, describing what carnage each person had wrought.
The visitor travels back in time to the scene of one attack, where he speaks with a bomber, who initially appears confident about his decision, hesitant as he is about to detonate his explosives, and then remorseful after he carries out the bombing.
Al-Harbi said he used this method to convey to viewers the horrific nature of the attacks, and for viewers to empathize with the victims. “The film was compressed into four minutes because I wanted to deliver an intense message. We could have extended it to 20 minutes, but you really only need 3 to 7 minutes. The rest is fluff,” he said.
He said there have been many dramas about the Daesh terrorist group produced in the Gulf region, but his movie was different because of the way the message was delivered. The film is based on a story written by Majid Al-Salem. It has been entered along with 70 other productions into a contest organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts in Dammam.


Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

Updated 19 October 2019

Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

  • The embassy said that evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety
  • Three Saudia aircraft were used to transport them

BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia's embassy in Lebanon has confirmed it has facilitated the “evacuation of Saudi residents and visitors” from the country.
“The evacuation operation, imposed by the security situation in Lebanon and the importance of ensuring the safety of Saudi nationals, started Saturday at 5 a.m. after the Kingdom secured three Saudia aircraft to transport them,” the embassy told Arab News.
“Three hundred people were evacuated as of Saturday afternoon, while the total number of those wishing to leave remains unclear. We have identified a hotel in Beirut as a starting point,” it added, noting that most of those who had left were tourists.
The embassy also confirmed evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety.
Protests broke out in Lebanon on Thursday night, and disorder has disrupted roads leading to the airport, with burning tires blocking several key routes.
On Friday, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged its citizens already in Lebanon to exercise “utmost caution.”
Egypt’s Embassy in Beirut also called on its nationals in the country to avoid protest areas, Egyptian state news agency MENA said.
“The embassy calls on all Egyptian citizens in Lebanon to avoid the areas of gatherings and protests, to be careful in their movements and to abide by the instructions of the Lebanese authorities in this regard,” MENA reported.
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Embassy in Lebanon asked citizens wishing to travel to the country to delay trips where possible.
“The embassy also calls on citizens currently in Lebanon to take utmost care and stay away from crowds and demonstrations,” it said on social media site Twitter.
Bahrain and the UAE warned against travel to Lebanon and called on their citizens in the country to leave immediately.