A Family Living in a Cemetery in Saudi Arabia
Written by Haifa Alrasheed
Away from the political scene and on a more human level, a short movie shot by young Saudi filmmaker Bader AlHomoud named “Almagbarah,” which translates to cemetery in Arabic, has changed the life of a Saudi family. Bader describes the montage phase in his tweet [ar]:
Today I got depressed while editing a movie that will make you all depressed too
The three-minute movie, posted below from YouTube, shows a Saudi family living in a cemetery. It has no script, nor a dialog. It features members of the family and their children playing around the cemetery and the abject poverty they live in.
Saudi tweeps were emotionally touched by the movie and below are some of their reactions under the hashtag #ma8barah.
@MarwanAlrouqi describes the logic behind the location [ar]:
Dear Saudi citizen, for your convince we picked you a residence that is far away from the noise and close to your resting place!
@hayaalshatti asks [ar]:
Did we reach the point in which I have to expose my life in order to get some dignity? Woe to those who robbed them of their dignity!
And in reaction to the video, which has been watched more than 148,000 times on YouTube, smartman7779 says [ar]:
This is sad, I cried watching it! Thank God for my circumstances
Three hours after publishing the movie, Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel, who is Vice-Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees and Head of the Executive Committee of the Al-Waleed bin Talal Foundations, announced on her Twitter [ar] account:
Al-Waleed bin Talal Charity Foundation will provide the family with a permanent residence, we are currently contacting Bader AlHomoud
@malsahli [ar] comments:
If the creative Bader did not shed light on this family they would have been still living behind the skyscrapers and forgotten!
and @essamz stresses on the power of the social media:
A three minute movie solves a problem in three hours.. that is the power of the new media!
Two days later, @BaderAlHomoud announces:
The family received a car from an anonymous donor
This post was originally published by Global Voices.
Photo: screenshot from the above Youtube video