The Red Sea International Film Festival in Collaboration with the Misk Art Week Present: 
 Safouh AlNaamani: Preserving Time – an exhibition of photography and world premiere of a restored archival documentary.

The Red Sea Film Festival Foundation will host an exhibition celebrating the work of photographer and cinematographer Safouh AlNaamani (1926-2016) and a screening program of contemporary Saudi and Arab cinema as part of Misk Art Week 2020, taking place December 3–7, in Riyadh at Prince Faisal bin Fahad Fine Arts Gallery.

The exhibition, Safouh AlNaamani: Preserving Time, which will remain open until the 10th of January 2021, presents rare photographs and restored archive films dating from the 1950s and 1960s, charting a significant period in Saudi’s urban and cultural development. 

At Misk Art Week 2020, the Red Sea International Film Festival will publicly present the world premier of the restoration of “The Pilgrimage to Mecca,” AlNaamani’s remarkable 35-minute color documentary filmed during the 1963 Hajj season.

Throughout Misk Art Week, the Red Sea International Film Festival will present contemporary feature and short films from Saudi Arabia and the Arab world with filmmaker Q&A sessions. On Thursday, 3rd of December, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Omar Almuqri who will be featuring filmmakers Abdulmohsen Aldhabaan, Hend Alfahad, and Abdulelah Alqurashi discussing whether locally produced films are reflective of regional culture and identity.

The Red Sea Film Festival Foundation is proud to present photographs & restored films of Safouh AlNaamani, one of the pioneers of color photography in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as these wonderful contemporary Arab films at Misk ART Week 2020, which this year is exploring Culture Re-Cultivated. The collaboration is part of the Foundation’s commitment to the preservation of cultural heritage alongside contemporary expression.