Fahmi Farahat

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The evolution of the film industry in Saudi Arabia is gaining speed, with regional festival support by events such as the Gulf Film Festival and the Dubai Film Festival. Successful entrants of these regional festivals then travel the arduous path towards the highly competitive Cannes Film Festival.

A local Saudi director and filmmaker, Fahmi Farouk Farahat is committed to doing his part. Farahat recently debuted his comedy, The Corporation, at the Gulf Film Festival in April, which also competed in the Festival’s Gulf Competition under the feature segment. “During the screening, thank God, no one walked out, which happened in other films. Overall the film has some issues, its low-budget, but so did all the films competing.

The Non-Saudis even the GCC folks didn’t really get it – they didn’t believe that in Saudi it’s like that! The film is made for Saudi’s. Saudi’s and foreigners living in Saudi really loved the film, but the film doesn’t transcend culture, in the sense that a person who knows nothing of Saudi would see it and still laugh,” elaborated Farahat.

Farahat also competed in the documentary section with A Night to Remember. “The whole theater was laughing and crying at the same time, which is great for a filmmaker overall after the screening we heard how people loved the characters, the story, the culture,” reminisced Farahat.

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