Saudi feature film Shams Al-Maaref will premiere in cinemas across the kingdom starting this weekend, as Muslims celebrate the Eid Al-Adha holiday.
Directed by Faris Godus and produced by his brother Suhaib Godus, the film is set in 2010. It explores the story of high school senior Husam (Baraa Alem) who becomes interested in video production at the same time as the internet is creating social change.
The Godus brothers are best known for their success in internet video production projects such as Telfaz 11, as well as for creating the short film Depressing Scene (2016) and the Saudi Ramadan TV series Another Planet.
Shams Al-Maaref was supposed to premier in March at the first edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival, but the festival was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The film received a $500,000 grant from the festival’s Tamheed Fund, a one-time award for emerging Saudi filmmakers.
Eid Al-Adha begins on Thursday and concludes on Monday.
The holiday is a major date in the movie-release calendar.
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