Magazine article Screen International

First Look at Experimental Saudi Arabian Film 'Joud'

Magazine article Screen International

First Look at Experimental Saudi Arabian Film 'Joud'

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EXCLUSIVE: Proceeds from the dialogue-free project will support filmmakers from the region.

Production has wrapped on experimental Saudi Arabian film Joud, the first feature produced by The King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture. The first image from the project is above.

The documentary feature is directed by Andrew Lancaster (The Lost Aviator), with production taking place in 16 locations accross Saudi Arabia including Jeddah, Tabuk, Mecca and Ha’il.

The screenplay from Safya Al-Marri and Hussam Alhulwah uses an experimental story structure derived from a pre-Islamic form of poetry, the “Qasida”, described as an “ancient poem for modern times.”

Producer Todd Albert Nims said Joud is “an ambitious production in that it chooses to avoid the use of narration or dialogue to engage audiences. …

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