‘Born a King’ Star Abdullah Ali Attending Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Youth 2019
Saudi Arabia’s youngest English actor to be starred in the Kingdom’s first international production
Sharjah, October 12, 2019:From The Jungle Book’s Neel Sethi to The Room’s Jacob Tremblay, top young actors from around the world have made celebrity appearances at every edition of the Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Youth (SIFF).
Eighteen-year-old Abdullah Ali who has played the lead role in Saudi Arabia’s first big feature film, ‘Born a King’, is coming to the film festival this year, which begins today, Sunday. At the opening of SIFF’s 7th edition, Ali will talk about his cinematic experience in a film aimed at introducing the younger generations to the character of King Faisal, and its impact on the history of Saudi Arabia and the Arab and Islamic world for more than half a century.
The film, about Prince Faisal’s trip to London when he was 13 years old – a trip which laid the foundations for the formation of Saudi Arabia – premiered in the UAE last month.
Ali plays the role of the young Saudi prince in the film, and has become a regional and global symbol for his country’s recent breakthrough expansion of the entertainment industry.
Saudi Arabia, after France, topped the list of countries participating in the festival that will screen a total of 132 films from 39 countries at the Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre (JRCC) in Sharjah, as well as other locations in Dubai and Sharjah. Among these are 12 world premieres and 11 UAE premieres.
SIFF, organised by FUNN – Sharjah Media Arts for Youth and Children – is the region’s only festival designed to bring international films and new media content exclusively to children and youth. The festival seeks to inspire young talents to pursue filmmaking by learning from the industry’s most creative and inspirational filmmakers who come to the event.