Saudi Arabia hosts screening of animated movie ‘Bilal’

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Riyadh is to host a screening of animated Saudi film “Bilal” in a move supported by the General Authority for Entertainment in the kingdom.

The film, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival last May, premiered at the Dubai Film Festival in 2015 and was released in theaters in the Middle East in September 2016.

It will now be screened at the King Fahd Cultural Center in Riyadh on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. and the second showing will be at 9 p.m as part of the Blue Man Festival.

“Bilal” aroused interest after the producer and film director Ayman Tariq Jamal revealed his innovative idea of an animation movie motivated by the story of a real inspirational hero who appeals to all generations, a different path from most animated movies that rely on fictional heroes.

The film offers lessons on humanity, timeless faith, hope and self-discovery in a story inspired by the life of the great Bilal Ibn Rabah, a companion of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). A slave who converted Islam, Bilal lived in the Arabian Peninsula and faced great injustice and tyranny but then became the most prominent figure in Islamic history to call for justice and equality.

In the movie, Bilal, a 7-year-old boy, finds himself with his sister under the tyranny of slavery; he bears many burdens of life in his childhood from which he discovers inner strength he did not know he possessed. Bilal knew from the bottom of his heart that he must be brave enough to raise his voice and choose his own path, and that everything is possible with faith. His faith was able to undo his handcuffs and set him free.

The Dubai-based leading animation and visual effects studio Barajoun Entertainment produced the movie over more than three years on a $30 million budget. The film was made with high-end professionalism and using the best techniques by a crew of award-wining artists and technicians. In total, 327 industry-best professionals contributed to the movie’s production in addition to a league of Hollywood stars in voice performance.

(With the Saudi Gazette)

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