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5 Online Shows to Check Out This Ramadan

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Ramadan Online Shows

Since we are in the age of content creators and online platforms taking over, it was somehow pretty expected to see shows produced specially to online platforms. We are not quite sure if all these shows are as good as their creators claim, but we will definitely find a thing or two entertaining about them.

From Netflix to independent youtubers, here are 5 shows to check online this Ramadan:

Netflix: Alf Hal2a W Hal2a:

Netflix doesn’t cease to impress us; they’ve just released a bunch of new shows including the second season of “13 reasons why” along with different shows in Arabic. Little did we know Netflix had another surprise for us. Collaborating with Sarah AbdelRahmanm or “Daughter of the internet” as she likes to call herself, Netflix created “One thousand and one episode” mini series that is uploaded daily on Netflix MENA offical Facebook page. The miniseries features Sarah as Scheherazade that tells daily entertaining tales for the sake of her life, and the tales are definitely based on Netflix original series.

Heidy Karam: Karakeb:

The star Heidy Karam isn’t the first celebrity to create a show on Youtube; Ola Rashed relased two seasons of her youtube show “Weghet Mazar” discussing the daily challenges of mothers with their kids. Heidy Karam released her own Youtube show under the name “Karakeb” and she explained the reasons behind that step in the video above.

Salizon:

This is not the first or second season of Salizon, it is actually the fifth. Salizon always entertains us in Ramadan with hilarious comments and reactions of Ramadan series. If you have never watched Salizon, you are missing a good laughter.

Peace cake: Sohuryat:

The masterminds behind “Romancya Mansya” that took the internet by storm, Peace Cake team is back this Ramadan with a show called “Sohuryat”. Honestly, we don’t really know what to expect from Sohuryar but we are sure the guys will surprise us

Make Up Forever MENA: Helwet Ramadan:

Make up Forever, One of the biggest makeup brands around the world produced a second season of “Helwet Ramadan”. The beauty show is aired daily exclusively on Make Up

Forever Youtube channel, the show hosts female celebrities from all over the MENA region talking about their beauty routines and getting their makeup done by professionals.

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Six Saudi Films By Local Filmmakers Will Soon Be Released on Netflix

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Six Saudi Films By Local Filmmakers Will Soon Be Released on Netflix

The streaming giant Netflix are adding six Saudi short films that are produced by the startup Telfaz11 Studios! The movies are soon to be released on Netflix and by that putting the Saudi film industry on the map.

 

The six short films from the Kingdom fall under the title, “Six Windows In The Desert” and will shed the light on provoking subjects with social themes as the focus. They will be available online to 190 countries on the 27th of February.

Nuha El Tayeb, director of content acquisition at Netflix, said that viewers will finally get an exclusive access to the captivating and intriguing stories of the Arab world.

“It is our strong belief that a great story can come from anywhere and be loved everywhere. With the vast number of local talents and creators all over the world, the potential for diverse and interesting stories is endless,” she said.

Alaa Fadan, Chief Executive Officer at Telfaz11 Studios, added, “It brings us immense pride to have six of our short films brought onto Netflix. We are excited to bring the work of local Saudi talents to 167 million subscribers around the world. Telfaz11 Studios produces authentic and intriguing stories from our culture, and we cannot wait for the world to see what we have to offer.”

These movies are proudly created by local Saudi filmmakers, in an attempt to highlight and challenge the social issues that often occur and need to be addressed in the Kingdom.

Not only will ‘Six Windows in the Desert’ offer global audiences a lens into the perspective of the Saudi creators, but also through the eyes of film characters with their own take on storytelling.” Netflix said in a statement.

 

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RSIFF to Launch Under the Theme ‘Changing the script’ 

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The Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) has announced its inaugural session that will launch in March in Jeddah’s Old Town under the theme of ‘Changing the script.’

The film festival also announced the honoring of three cinematic heroes who have made so many changes in the industry and contributed a lot to the world of cinema. They are Jack Lang, former French Minister of Culture, Kim Dong-ho, founder of South Korea’s Busan Film Festival, and Daniela Michel, founding director of the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico.

Festival director Mahmoud Sabbagh commented: “The honoring of these three legendary figures is at the heart of the Red Sea Film Festival’s goals. An appreciation of pioneers of the film industry, who contributed to unlocking artistic capabilities of their compatriots and developing cinematic masterpieces to be enjoyed for generations.”

“It coincides with the founding moment of the film industry in our country, and in honoring these individuals looks at how the introduction of similar international models can add to the dialogue establishing Saudi’s film industry.” Sabbagh added.

The theme of the festival has been chosen in a way that reflects the atmosphere of the festival and the ability of cinema in documenting social changes, the theme relates to the Kingdom in specific as it has just recently started penetrating the world of cinema ever since it has taken over several changes.

 

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Cinema Investment in the Kingdom Hits A Significant Increase

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Cinema investment in the Kingdom was expected to hit more than SR5 billion during 2020 and that is according to the latest figures, and new data published shows that 140 movie theaters are set to open in 30 malls across Saudi Arabia which will create more than 5,300 job opportunities.

These data has been published ahead of the Cinema Build KSA 2020 conference that will take place on the 19th of February until the 20th at the Fairmont hotel in Riyadh.

The event is organized by Eyes of Cities in cooperation with the Great Minds Group and is expected to witness the attendance of more than 300 participants, with at least 30 sponsors and exhibitors, and 25 international speakers.

This proves once again the significant growth in the Saudi cinema industry and that it is on the verge of becoming the leader in the region, seeing how it’s attracting the attention of stakeholders.

This falls under the goals of the 2030 Vision that aims at increasing the household spending on domestic entertainment from 2.9% to 6% of total expenditure.

According to the Cinema Build KSA report, supporting and developing the cinema sector will not only help recover Saudi investments but will also provide thousands of job opportunities with an estimation of 5,314 job vacancies.

 

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