The diary of a Saudi man, currently living in the United Kingdom, where the Religious Police no longer trouble him for the moment.

In Memory of the lives of 15 Makkah Schoolgirls, lost when their school burnt down on Monday, 11th March, 2002. The Religious Police would not allow them to leave the building, nor allow the Firemen to enter.

Monday, October 17, 2005

The Mystery Movie 

If there's anyone out there who can help me with this, I'd be grateful.

The following item in "Asharq Alawsat" caught my eye.

Two US Production Companies to Film Documentary about King Abdullah

Two American companies are preparing to produce a documentary that centers on the life of The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. The film would also focus on the King's relationship with the late King Fahd bin Abdulaziz, the support given to Islamic and Arab issues and their joint efforts in strengthening Saudi-American ties in the fields of politics, social affairs and economy.

Funny, I thought, I don't see any mainstream US film company making that sort of movie. Particularly when it is going to ".... also feature footage demonstrating the support of the two Kings for human and social issues". It sounds more like another info-mercial that the Saudi Embassy in Washington might put out and hope that some gullible network will run it for free. But perhaps there are real movie companies involved?

The documentary will be produced by the Advanced Media Corporation owned by the Saudi writer and journalist Abdulkarim Al-Falah who is currently living in the United States, in cooperation with the American company Vision Direct. Discussions are taking place to select the appropriate director for the production and three directors have been nominated by the two companies. The candidates are American Eric Fence and Kenny Stewart, as well as the American of Iraqi origin, Luay Abdul-Karim.

The funny thing is, when I Google all those names, I get an almost complete blank. Sure, there is an Advanced Media Corporation, but it makes DVD's (the physical discs, not movies). There is a Vision Direct, but they mail-order contact lenses. And the only personal name that gives a match with anyone in the movie business is Kenny Stewart; however I found him on a DVD for a movie called "Afternoon Delight" where the description started "If you like hot young and hung studs", so he doesn't sound like he has quite the appropriate experience.

I'm not in the US movie biz, so perhaps I'm just displaying my ignorance of the "players". That's why I'm asking if anyone knows of them. Otherwise I'm forced to conclude that a Saudi apologist propaganda movie is going to be released, disguised as some sort of genuine mainstream biography.

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