Barakah Meets Barakah (2016)
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Synopsis
Two lovers are united in an environment hostile to dating of any kind. He is Barakah, the municipal civil servant from Jeddah, who is also an amateur actor in a theatrical troupe. She is Barakah, a wild beauty, who functions as a crowd-puller for her stylish mother’s boutique and runs her own widely-seen vlog. They both defy customs and traditions, as well as the religious police, using modern communication technologies and traditional dating methods.

Genre: Comedy
Starring: Hisham Fageeh, Fatima Albanawi, Sami Hifny
Written and directed by: Mahmoud Sabbagh
Produced by: El Housh Productions


Festivals:
BFI London Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
Carthage Film Festival
Festival International du Film de Dakhla in Morrocco
Sudan Independent Festival (SIFF)
Les Premier Rencontres Cinématographique (Debut Film Encounters Programme) in Hassi Messaoud
Tripoli Film Festival - Lebanon
Arab Film Festival Amman

Awards:
Ecumenical Jury Award within the Forum Section at the Berlinale
Certificate of Appreciation within the Prospects of Arab Cinema (PAC) programme at the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF)

Press Reviews
http://variety.com/2016/film/reviews/barakah-meets-barakah-review-1201848276
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/barakah-meets-barakah-barakah-yoqabil-865315
https://www.screendaily.com/reviews/barakah-meets-barakah-berlin-review/5100622.article
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/sep/09/barakah-meets-barakah-review-saudi-rom-com-toronto-film-festival-tiff
http://cinema-scope.com/cinema-scope-online/barakah-meets-barakah-mahmoud-sabbagh-saudi-arabia-special-presentations
https://nowtoronto.com/movies/barakah-meets-barakah-barakah-yoqabil-barakah


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