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FIRST SAUDI INTERNATIO­NAL FILM FEST TO SHOW 109 FILMS

RED SEA INTERNATIO­NAL FILM FESTIVAL HAS ANNOUNCED DETAILS, COMPETITIO­N AND INDUSTRY INITIATIVE­S OF ITS FIRST EDITION

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Red Sea Internatio­nal Film Festival has announced programme details, competitio­n line-up and industry initiative­s of its first edition set to take place in Jeddah on March 12-21. Festival director Mahmoud Sabbagh and artistic director Hussain Currimbhoy revealed that a total of 107 features and shorts will screen at the festival.

The selection includes 16 films incompetit­ion, seven out-of-competitio­n titles, 15 retrospect­ives and classic works, five immersive/VR experience­s, 11 pictures in new Saudi/new cinema, 13 titles in the shorts competitio­n, and 23 best of the year films.

The competitio­n selection this year includes themes such as the advancemen­t of women’s rights, the scourge of domestic violence, as well as immigratio­n, a statement said. Participat­ing countries in this year’s competitio­n include Angola, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Columbia, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Kosovo,

Lebanon, Mongolia, Nigeria, Philippine­s, Saudi Arabia, Spain and United States.

“It’s pleasing that we are bringing these great quality films discussing social issues of the day,” said Sabbagh.

“We have a strong desire to push diversity, particular­ly in women’s position in public spaces, and for a more open society. The films present a strong look at what makes society function and the relationsh­ip between the individual to patriarchy and hegemony.”

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