Sundance-nominated Saudi director Meshal al-Jaser ‘fights’ coronavirus

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Saudi Arabian director Meshal al-Jaser, whose latest film was nominated at the Sundance Film Festival, has released a comedic and animated video of himself on social media “fighting” coronavirus.

“Did someone say CORONAVIRUS? Don’t worry, I’m here,” al-Jaser posted on both his Instagram and Twitter accounts on Wednesday.

The video has so far amassed more than 160,000 views in less than five hours each on Instagram and Twitter.

Al-Jaser’s latest film, Arabian Alien, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the coveted Sundance Film Festival.

The Saudi Arabian film Arabian Alien tells the story of Saad, a married Muslim man dealing with depression when an alien from outer space is suddenly introduced into his life.

The Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the United States and is also considered one of the most well-known around the world. The festival takes place annually in Salt Lake City, Utah, and ran this year from January 23 to February 2.

Al-Jaser started uploading his own short films on YouTube more than ten years ago with a group of other filmmakers. Those films have been watched over 870 million times on YouTube.

Al-Jaser’s 2016 short Is Sumiyati Going to Hell? is now being streamed on the world’s leading video streaming service Netflix alongside five other short films by Saudi Arabian filmmakers.

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