Mahmoud Sabbagh

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Mahmoud Sabbagh
محمود صباغ
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Mahmoud Sabbagh at Berlinale 2017
Born (1983-03-27) 27 March 1983 (age 35)
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Alma mater Columbia University
Occupation film director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 2013–present

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,[1] 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.[2]

In 2015, Sabbagh founded Elhoush Productions, the first independent feature film production company, based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Sabbagh was named on the jury for the Best First Feature Award at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.[3]

Sabbagh is also known locally by the documentary The Story of Hamza Shehata (2013).[4] Sabbagh also created/directed the provocative TV/web drama series Cash (2014);[5] 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).

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