Saudi film aims to combat negative stereotypes

Director of ‘We are Saudi’ says this is just one way to change mindsets about our country that has so much to offer to the world. (Photo: ‘We are Saudi’)

A short film titled ‘We are Saudi’ aims to explain both the positive and negative stereotypes of what it means to be a citizen in Saudi Arabia.

The film shows a young Saudi boy as he narrates his and his family’s hopes and dreams, only to be interrupted by another voice of despair while viral videos showing the country in a bad light was shown.

The film’s director, Khaled al-Fahad, told Al Arabiya’s Sarah Dundarawy that they aimed at combating the perception the world has on Saudi Arabia through the video.

“In past year, Saudi Arabia has gotten a bad reputation for several viral videos showing a minority of people doing negative things. In general, Saudi people are strong-willed and ambitious and so the few bad ones don’t represent the entire nation,” al-Fahad told Al Arabiya’s interactive news show.

The four-minute video ends with several clips showing Saudi Arabia’s achievements in the fields of medicine, sports and music.

The directors made sure to show both male and female achievements by including a clip of Sarah Attar, a track and field athlete who competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics as one of the first two female Olympians representing Saudi Arabia.

“We hope this is just one way to change mindsets about our country, that has so much to offer to the world,” the director said.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48