Maha Al-Saati

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Maha Al-Saati
مها الساعاتي
  
NationalitySaudi Arabian
CitizenshipSaudi Arabia
EducationPhD in Interactive Arts and Technology
Alma materSimon Fraser University (SFU)
OccupationFilmmaker
Professor
Years active2017-Present
Known forInterested in exploring issues of gender, religion and Arab social norms in her films
Websitemalsaati.wordpress.com

Maha Al-Saati (also known as Maha Zeini Al-Saati[1], Arabic: مها الساعاتي) is a Saudi Arabian female filmmaker[2][3][4] and university professor[5][6][7] who has taught both in Vancouver, Canada and Saudi Arabia[8][9]. Her filmmaking style has been described as Avant-garde[10] and experimental[11][12].

Filmography

Al-Saati is interested in exploring issues of gender, religion and Arab social norms in her films [13]. has started her filmmaking career with short films such as "Fear: Audibly" (2017), which screened at Fantastic Fest[14][15][16] and the Arab World Institute's Arab Cinema Festival in Paris under the French title "La Peur: sonore" [17]. Her short film "Hair: The Story of Grass" (2018)", explores the topic of body hair and beauty standards in the Arab World[18], and has screened at Fantastic Fest[19][20], Slamdance Film Festival[21][22] New Filmmakers LA Monthly Film Festival[23] and the Red Sea International Film Festival[24]. Her short film "Cycle of Apples" (2019) screened at New Filmmakers LA Monthly Film festival, which was hosted by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in partnership with Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI)[25]. The film is a collaboration with American electronic opera composer Alice Shields [26][27].

Al-Saati's feature film project "A Trip to Disney" is in development with the Red Sea Film Lodge (part of Saudi Arabia's Red Sea International Film Festival), in partnership with Italy's TorinoFilmLab[28][29][30].

Research

Al-Saati holds a PhD in Interactive Arts and Technology, from Simon Fraser University (SFU), Surrey, British Columbia, Canada[31]. Her PhD thesis is titled: "The Architectural Image: Space, Movement and Myth" (2013)[32], and falls within research that intersects architecture with film[33][34]. She is also a researcher who has written about the intersection of media, religion and culture[35] in her works: “The Protagonist Does Not Die Anymore: The Influence of the Death Narrative on Popular Saudi Culture”[36]; "A Question of Relevance: Teaching with Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film in a Saudi University"[37]; and the journal article "Assassin's Creed : A Multi-Cultural Read"[38][39][40]. She has a book with French author Lily Valette “Dans le sens du poil arabe" (2020) [English: In the Direction of Arab Hair] which compares the social attitudes towards body hair in Arab versus Western culture[41][42][43].

External Links

References

  1. Teodorescu, Adriana (2019-03-13). Death within the Text: Social, Philosophical and Aesthetic Approaches to Literature. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 978-1-5275-3122-2.
  2. "Creators – Studio 300". Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  3. ISCM (2019-07-31). "Shields, Alice". ISCM. Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  4. LA, NewFilmmakers (2019-08-23). "NewFilmmakers LA: Maha Al Saati, Mary Lyn Chambers, Ludovica Isidori, David Plasencia, and More". MovieMaker Magazine. Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  5. "Dr. Maha Al-Saati | Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University". www.iau.edu.sa. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  6. Janak, Edward A.; Sourdot, Ludovic A. (2017-03-01). Educating through Popular Culture: You're Not Cool Just Because You Teach with Comics. Lexington Books. ISBN 978-1-4985-4918-9.
  7. Teodorescu, Adriana (2019-03-13). Death within the Text: Social, Philosophical and Aesthetic Approaches to Literature. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 978-1-5275-3122-2.
  8. Adlakha, Siddhant (2017-10-04). "Fantastic Fest Shorts: FEAR AUDIBLY And The Mysterious Emotions Of Sound". Birth.Movies.Death. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  9. "Dr. Maha Al-Saati | Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University". www.iau.edu.sa. Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  10. ISCM (2019-07-31). "Shields, Alice". ISCM. Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  11. "Creators – Studio 300". Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  12. "Maha El Saati, the fantastic UFO from Saudi experimental cinema". KAWA. 2019-02-11. Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  13. Adlakha, Siddhant (2017-10-04). "Fantastic Fest Shorts: FEAR AUDIBLY And The Mysterious Emotions Of Sound". Birth.Movies.Death. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  14. "FEAR: AUDIBLY". Fantastic Fest. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  15. Adlakha, Siddhant (2017-10-04). "Fantastic Fest Shorts: FEAR AUDIBLY And The Mysterious Emotions Of Sound". Birth.Movies.Death. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  16. "Fantastic Shorts by Women at Fantastic Fest". WWAC. 2017-09-30. Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  17. "La Peur : sonore". Institut du monde arabe (in français). 2018-06-11. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  18. "Hair: The Story of Grass | Canadian Audiovisual Production". RDVCanada.ca. Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  19. "HAIR: THE STORY OF GRASS". Fantastic Fest. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  20. Monson, Leigh (2018-09-05). "Announcing Fantastic Fest's 2018 Shorts Programming". Birth.Movies.Death. Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  21. "Hair: The Story of Grass". Slamdance 2019. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  22. "Steven Soderbergh to Receive Founders Award at Slamdance Festival". TheWrap. 2018-12-11. Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  23. "Monthly Film Festival – July 27th, 2019". LA Film Festival NewFilmmakers Los Angeles. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  24. Apps, 77. "Hair: The Story of Grass - RedSeaFF2020". www.redseafilmfest.com. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  25. "Monthly Film Festival – December 14th, 2019". LA Film Festival NewFilmmakers Los Angeles. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  26. ISCM (2019-07-31). "Shields, Alice". ISCM. Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  27. "Creators – Studio 300". Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  28. "Announcing the 12 selected projects for the Red Sea Lodge 2019! | TorinoFilmLab". www.torinofilmlab.it. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  29. Goodfellow2019-10-01T15:55:00+01:00, Melanie. "Saudi's Red Sea International Film Festival unveils debut lab selection". Screen. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  30. Vivarelli, Nick; Vivarelli, Nick (2019-10-01). "Saudi Arabia's Red Sea Festival Announces Projects in Development". Variety. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  31. Teodorescu, Adriana (2019-03-13). Death within the Text: Social, Philosophical and Aesthetic Approaches to Literature. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 978-1-5275-3122-2.
  32. Al-Saati, Maha Zeini. "The Architectural Image: Space, Movement and Myth". PhD Thesis, The School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada.
  33. Al-Saati, Maha Zeini; David Botta and Robert Woodbury. "Moving in filmic spaces: Relating camera movements to spatial archetypes in architectural animations". Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia: Chennai 25-28 April 2012 – via Chennai 25-28 April 2012.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  34. Al-Saati, Maha Zeini; David Botta and Robert Woodbury (2012). "Architects on architectural film and animation". Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia / Chennai 25-28 April 2012, pp. 637–646. CUMINCAD.
  35. Teodorescu, Adriana (2019-03-13). Death within the Text: Social, Philosophical and Aesthetic Approaches to Literature. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 978-1-5275-3122-2.
  36. Teodorescu, Adriana (2019-03-13). Death within the Text: Social, Philosophical and Aesthetic Approaches to Literature. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 978-1-5275-3122-2.
  37. Janak, Edward A.; Sourdot, Ludovic A. (2017-03-01). Educating through Popular Culture: You're Not Cool Just Because You Teach with Comics. Lexington Books. ISBN 978-1-4985-4918-9.
  38. Seif El-Nasr, Magy; Al-Saati, Maha; Niedenthal, Simon; Milam, David (2008). "Assassin's Creed : A Multi-Cultural Read". Loading . . .;3. 2. ISSN 1923-2691.
  39. Winston, Diane (2012-09-06). The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the American News Media. OUP USA. ISBN 978-0-19-539506-8.
  40. Young, Helen (2015-07-08). The Middle Ages in Popular Culture: Medievalism and Genre. Cambria Press. ISBN 978-1-62196-748-4.
  41. Livre : Dans le sens du poil arabe écrit par Maha Al-Saati et Lily Valette - Orients (in français).
  42. E.Leclerc, Dans le sens du poil arabe-Lily Valette- 9791093315171- Espace Culturel. "Dans le sens du poil arabe". Espace Culturel E. Leclerc (in français). Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  43. "Ldans le sens du poil arabe". www.gibert.com (in français). Retrieved 2020-02-27.

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