Drama, Thriller and Crime | Running Time: 110 minutes
2023 / Arabic
Country: Saudi ArabiaDirected by: Ali Kalthami
Saudi film director and writer Ali Kalthami began his career making digital series including AlKhallat, which ran for a decade and was later adapted by Netflix. In 2016 he moved into cinema with his short film Wasati; his feature-length thriller Mandoob was one of two produced by Telfaz11, a Riyadh-based content creator he helped establish, to screen at this year’s Toronto Film Festival.
ProducerAbdulrahman Jarash Alqahtani, Chawki Knis
CastMohammed Aldokhei, Hajar Alshammari, Mohammed Alttowayan, Mohammed Algarawi, Abu Salu, Sara Taibah, Amani Alsami
ScriptwriterAli Kalthami, Mohammed Algarawi
In the heart of Riyadh, where desperation and opportunity collide, MANDOOB brings forth the gripping tale of Fahad Algadaani, a mentally fragile man racing against time to save his ailing father. As his world crumbles under the weight of financial burden and societal indifference, Fahad's life takes an unexpected turn when he is forced to make ends meet as a humble delivery mandoob (Arabic for courier). However, a chance encounter uncovers a dark underbelly of the city—one thriving on illegal dealings and illicit activities. Thrusted into the vestibules of the rapidly growing city, Fahad is confronted with a dangerous proposition that promises to solve all his monetary woes. Yet, this tantalizing opportunity comes at a great cost—he must risk everything he holds dear, including his principles and the fragile sanity he clings to.
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