Netflix set to release new Saudi short films

Netflix will release its second volume of ‘New Saudi Voices’ film. 

The collection comprises 14 short films, 11 featured at the Red Sea International Film Festival, and the 48-hour filmmaking challenge winners.

These include dramas such as ‘Old Phone Number’ by Ali Saeed and Zabarjad by Hussain Almutliq, delving into the themes of character growth and development while clinging to one’s past.

‘Last Chance to Fall in Love’ by award-winning writer Faisal Buhaishi follows the story of an older man reunited with his first love 50 years later.

Movies from the fantasy genre include ‘A Swing’ by Raneem and Dana Almohandes, which follows a 10-year-old girl’s journey through the woods to find a magical swing her father used to tell her about.

Other films in the collection include ‘Requiem for Silence’ by Majed Z. Samman, ‘Forward’ by Fahad Alotaibi and ‘Othman’ by Khaled Zeidan.

Nuha El-Tayeb, Netflix’s content director for Turkey, the Middle East and Africa, said:“The second volume is not just a collection of short films, it is a celebration of untold stories and a testament to the creative prowess of the emerging filmmakers,”

The films “transcend borders and allow viewers to experience the beauty and dynamism of Saudi culture. We believe great stories can come from anywhere and be loved by anyone,” adds El-Tayeb.