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Barakah Meets Barakah
Director: Mahmoud Sabbagh
Rights:
The film is Saudi Arabia's official submission to the 2017 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and the first Saudi film to screen at Berlinale.
The film ranked the fifth on the IndieWire’s list of Favorite Middle Eastern Films of 2016.
The film is for anyone who wishes to know more about dating in Saudi Arabia.
It was filmed entirely in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia by Egyptian cinematographer Victor Credi.
The film originates from Saudi Arabia where cinema has been banned for more than 30 years.
2016/ Saudi Arabia88 min/ Drama - social - fiction - Feature - Romantic - Comedy
Original Title
Barakah Yoqabil Barakah
SYNOPSIS
Barakah Meets Barakah tells the story of two lovers who are united in an environment hostile to dating of any kind. He is Barakah, the municipal civil servant from Jeddah, who is also an amateur actor in a theatrical troupe. She is Barakah, a wild beauty, who functions as a crowd-puller for her stylish mother’s boutique and runs her own widely-seen vlog. They both defy customs and traditions, as well as the religious police, using modern communication technologies and traditional dating methods.
CAST
Hisham Fageeh
Fatima Al Banawi
Sami Hifny
Abdulmajeed Alruhaidi
Khairia Nazmi
CREW
Screenwriter: Mahmoud Sabbagh
Editor: Sofia Subercaseaux, Daniel Garcia, Anas Batahaf
DOP: Victor Credi
Production Company(ies)
El Housh Productions
Producer(s)
Mahmoud Sabbagh
BFI London Film Festival, UK
Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
Carthage Film Festival, Tunisia
Festival International du Film de Dakhla, Morocco
Sudan Independent Festival (SIFF)
Les Premier Rencontres Cinématographique (Debut Film Encounters Programme) in Hassi Messaoud, Algeria
Tripoli Film Festival, Lebanon
Arab Film Festival Amman, Jordan
Ecumenical Jury Award within the Forum Section at the Berlinale
Certificate of Appreciation within the Prospects of Arab Cinema (PAC) programme at the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF)
Quotes
“the independently financed, satirical comedy Barakah Meets Barakah from debuting writer-director Mahmoud Sabbagh is a smart, charming, and bittersweet tale about the Kingdom’s millennial generation and their take on the social and political restrictions that stand in the way of meeting and mingling with the opposite sex.” Variety - Alissa Simon

“A suitable pick for any festival or platform favoring human-rights themes, this easygoing crowd-pleaser is automatically rendered rich and strange by its unlikely origins”The Hollywood Reporter - Neil Young

“Barakah Meets Barakah is fascinating as ethnography”The Guardian - Jordan Hoffman

“The film is critical of oppressive customs and even a bit tragic, but it's also joyful, investing its hopes in characters representing a new generation that is too fun and sassy to be ignored”NOW - Radheyan Simonpillai

“Bolstered by two knockout performances, this Saudi gem is a sweet and stirring success for debut filmmaker Mahmoud Sabbagh.”One Room With A View - Joni Blyth