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Barakah Meets Barakah Contends for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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Release of the Film's Teaser Trailer and Official Poster

Barakah Meets Barakah Contends for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film


Coinciding with the release of the film's teaser trailer and official poster ahead of its release in theaters, the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts has announced that director Mahmoud Sabbagh's film
Barakah Meets Barakah has been chosen to represent Saudi Arabia at the 2017 Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. This comes after the film's win of the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 66th Berlinale with in the Forum section earlier this year in addition to its selection to compete within the Special Presentations section at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival.

MAD Solutions alongside Film Clinic-Indie Film Distribution (FCIFD) has announced the acquisition of the Arab world distribution rights to the Saudi film through the French sales agency MPM Film.

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.

Produced by El Housh Productions, Barakah Meets Barakah stars Fatima Al Banawi, Hisham Fageeh,
Sami Hifny, Abdulmajeed Alruhaidi and Khairia Nazmi. The film is written and directed by Mahmoud Sabbagh. Born in Jeddah, Mahmoud Sabbagh is a Saudi director who studied Documentary Filmmaking in New York. He later worked as an independent film director and producer in Saudi Arabia. His repertoire includes Story of Hamza Shahata (2013), TV series Cash (2014) and his feature debut film
Barakah Meets Barakah.