Saudi film festival a turning point for the industry

Updated 24 May 2012
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Saudi film festival a turning point for the industry

Participating films on the first Saudi film festival are being aired on Rotana TV movie channel. Viewers will eventually be able to vote for the best submissions. The organizing committee already received more than 100 films varying from feature, short, documentary, and animated films.
Meanwhile, Saudi filmmaker and director of the Saudi Film Festival Mamdouh Salem said the event is a turning point for the film industry in the Kingdom. He said the festival would provide moral and material support for young and talented Saudi people to enter the industry.
The festival has been running since May 10 and is presented by Star Academy star Abdulaziz Abdulrahman. The films are aired on a daily basis. The jury of the film festival is composed of well-known names including artist Abdul Ilah Sinani, film director Haifa Al-Mansour and artist Khalid Al-Harbi.
Rotana TV channel employed a number of journalists, drama stars, and other guests to assess the quality of films shown in the presence of the jury members. A documentary film named “Monopoly,” directed by Badr Al-Hamoud, was presented on the fourth day of the festival and was well received by the jury and guests. Another film, “Bassam” featured a young man with special needs. However, the jury concluded that the film was closer to an awareness film rather than a serious documentary.
Another film directed by Muhammad Al-Hamoud, “Al-Kabsah,” was comedic in nature. However, the jury said the film is poor in terms of idea, light and the way it was directed. A short narrated film called “Under Your Feet” was also presented but received enormous criticism in terms of camera work and other technical aspects. Films destined for kids were also presented such as “Basmah” and “Zahi.”
Salem defended the films shown on the grounds that the participating youths were not given appropriate film industry exposure and that the festival, through Rotana TV, would provide an opportunity to educate and support these young men.
For his part, artist Ali Al-Saba criticized jury members for their criticism of young Saudi filmmakers. Jury members, meanwhile, agreed that the short narrated film “Lish Baba” had a good idea but was poor in terms of camerawork and direction. A series of films were also shown and received varying assessments from the jury. The ninth day of the festival saw a number of films including the police film called “Danger” directed by Abdulmuhsin Al-Hababi, which received varying opinions from the jury. Haifa expressed admiration over the film but stressed filmmakers should try to reflect the local environment and social settings more. Jury members agreed that the short narrated film “My Single Dream” was poor and gave varying opinions on other films such as “The Land of Opportunity,” “The Day of Divorce,” “Exit” and “Picture.”
The 11th day witnessed a number of films including “The Diplomat” directed by Asim Al-Haj. Critic Mohammed Suhaimi refused to comment on the film but gave it a zero rating, describing it as a purely American film that had nothing to do with Saudi cinema.


Mo Salah’s wife: Egyptian women’s icon who shuns limelight

Updated 18 September 2019

Mo Salah’s wife: Egyptian women’s icon who shuns limelight

  • Salah prefers to keep his private life in general away from the glare of the media

CAIRO: Magi Sadeq, 25, is known for keeping a low profile in the media compared to the wives of other footballers. 

The wife of Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah has become something of a celebrity in her own right after appearing with her husband while maintaining a conservative look.

Salah prefers to keep his private life in general away from the glare of the media, but sometimes there is no escaping the spotlight for his wife and daughter.

Sadeq appeared with her husband at celebrations held by the Confederation of African Football when Salah won the African Player of the Year award. She also appeared with their daughter Makka during celebrations marking Salah’s winning of the Premier League Golden Boot award, and after Liverpool won the 2019 UEFA Champions League.

Sadeq was born and raised in Nagrig, a village in Gharbia where Salah was also born. It is the same place where they like to spend their holidays and special occasions whenever they have the chance.

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Sadeq appeared with her husband at celebrations held by the Confederation of African Football when Salah won the African Player of the Year award.

She has a twin sister, Mohab, and two other sisters, Mahy and Miram. Their parents were both teachers at Mohamed Eyad Al-Tantawi School, where she met the future Egyptian international.

Sadeq, who maintains a simple lifestyle, fell in love with Salah 10 years before they married. Their love story was the talk of the town where they lived.

They were married in 2013 as the player started taking his first steps in Europe with Swiss football club Basel. They married when he returned home for his first holiday.  

She keeps her husband connected to his rural roots. She doesn’t have any social media accounts, and unlike other footballer’s wives, she is not interested in appearance and makeup. She prefers to wear body-covering conservative clothes.

Sadeq and her twin sister both obtained their degrees in biotechnology from Alexandria University. She is responsible for her husband’s charity work in Egypt. Her neighbors say that she helps in buying the necessary home appliances and other needs of newly married couples. She also supervises charity work and regularly attends the special events staged by her village even though she has been made busier after her husband joined Liverpool.

Salah once said of his wife: “I am unfair to Magi as I give her the least of my time due to the nature of my work. I would like to thank her for her support and for being in my life.”