Movie on gender-equality takes a centre stage at the Ibero-American Film Festival launch in Saudi Arabia

The subject of gender quality has taken a centre stage in Saudi Arabia as the first-ever cultural festival screens a movie by a female director during the launch of the film festival.

The film festival launched in Riyadh has been organised by the Embassy of Mexico and Mexican movie theater chain Cinépolis Gulf, in collaboration with the embassies of Argentina, Spain, and Uruguay.

The film festival aims to highlight gender equality by showcasing films directed by women filmmakers, or about women empowerment in the four Ibero-American countries and Saudi Arabia.

Gender equality is a highly relevant topic in the national agendas of the participating countries and that the film festival will bring cultures and societies closer together.

The film festival ‘Ibero-American Film Festival’ launch that kick started on Wednesday saw Mexican Ambassador Aníbal Gómez-Toledo, Argentine Ambassador Marcelo Gilardoni, Spanish Ambassador Álvaro Iranzo and Uruguayan Ambassador Nelson Yemil Chabén, and Mexican exhibitor Cinépolis Gulf and Al-Hokair Group.

The launch event concluded with the screening of the movie ‘Corazón de Mezquite’ (Mezquite’s Heart), directed and produced by Mexican filmmaker Ana Laura Calderón. As she presented the film, she explained the importance of ‘telling the stories of their indigenous cultures in commercial cinema.’

The film is a story about a Yoreme girl in Northern Mexico named Lucía who dreams of healing her father’s broken heart by playing the harp, a musical instrument traditionally played only by men in her community and forbidden for women. Lucía, however, fights for her dream against all hurdles and finds her place in the community.

With the conclusion of the launch event, a five-day film festival starting from September 28 to October 2 will take place at the Cinepolis theaters in Jeddah and Dammam.

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