Mahmoud Sabbagh at Berlinale 2017
27 March 1983|
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
|Alma mater||Columbia University|
|Occupation||film director, producer, screenwriter|
Mahmoud Sabbagh, or Mah Sabbagh (Arabic: مَحْمُود صباغ; born March 1983) is a Saudi film director, producer, and screenwriter. Sabbagh has been a major pioneer of independent cinema in Saudi Arabia since the 2013. His debut feature, titled Barakah Meets Barakah, premiered at Berlin Film Festival in 2016; becoming the first feature film from Saudi Arabia to screen in the festival. His debut film was also selected as the entry of Saudi Arabia for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.
In 2015, Sabbagh founded Elhoush Productions, the first independent feature film production company, based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Sabbagh is also known locally by the documentary The Story of Hamza Shehata (2013). Sabbagh also created/directed the provocative TV/web drama series Cash (2014); a 10-episodes drama series shot in cinema style. Sabbagh holds a master's degree of science from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where he studied storytelling filmmaking.
In October 2017, it was announced that Sabbagh is working on his second feature, titled: Amra and The Second Marriage. The film is shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and set to be released in 2018.
- Amra, and The Second Marriage (2018).
- Kerr, Simeon. "Romantic comedy puts spotlight on desires of Saudi youth" (Financial Times October 30, 2016)
- Screen - Barakah Meets Barakah Review at the Berlianle - 18 February, 2016
- "Mahmoud Sabbagh And The ‘Challenges’ Facing Saudi Filmmakers" - Variety 2016
- "Ten Names You Need To Know In The Arab Film Industry" (Variety May 13, 2016)
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