Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } See Beyond

BARAKAH MEETS BARAKAH
(Barakah Yoqabil Barakah)

 

Year: 2016
Country: SAUDI ARABIA
Run Time: 84 minutes

BARAKAH MEETS BARAKAH
BARAKAH MEETS BARAKAH
BARAKAH MEETS BARAKAH
BARAKAH MEETS BARAKAH

Meet Barakah, a middle-class municipality worker who dabbles in public theater. Meet Bibi, a famous Instagram sensation in the midst of fortune and fame. When the unlikely pair in BARAKAH MEETS BARAKAH cross paths and begin a budding romance, alone time is at a premium. Dates as commonplace as dinner at a restaurant, an afternoon at the beach, or a casual drive through the city are off limits for the young Saudi Arabian couple. Barakah longs for the days of the generation before him where things like art, music, and love weren’t hidden or forbidden. When the relationship seems nothing short of impossible, Barakah leans on Da’ash, his gruff uncle who offers less-than-helpful dating advice, and Sa’adiya, his over-bearing aunt who doubles as neighborhood gossip and midwife, who are both desperate for Barakah to find a wife. Barakah’s misguided attempts courting the reluctant Bibi make for a complicated love story of two people facing the realities of their country’s customs and the barriers meant to keep them apart. (In Arabic with subtitles) —A.B.

BARAKAH MEETS BARAKAH was selected as Saudi Arabia's entry for Best Foreign Language Film for this year's Academy Awards ®.

CIFF41 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at 9:35 PM

Thursday, April 06, 2017 at 11:45 AM

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VOICES OF THE ARAB WORLD

Director
Mahmoud Sabbagh

Mahmoud Sabbagh was born in Saudi Arabia and holds a Master's Degree of Science from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is an independent filmmaker, producer, and writer.

Filmography
BARAKAH MEETS BARAKAH (2016)

Producer
Mahmoud Sabbagh

Screenwriting
Mahmoud Sabbagh

Cinematography
Victor Credi

Editing
Sofia Subercaseaux, Daniel Garcia, Anas Batahaf

Principal Cast
Hisham Fageeh, Fatima Al Banawi, Sami Hifny

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