Barakah Meets Barakah



St. Anthony Main Theatre 3 Thu, Apr 20, 2017 9:35 PM
St. Anthony Main Theatre 3 Sat, Apr 22, 2017 5:15 PM
Marcus Rochester Cinema Thu, Apr 27, 2017 9:45 PM
St. Anthony Main Theatre 3 Mon, May 1, 2017 4:30 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00
Student (Box Office Only):$8.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Original Title:Barakah Yoqabil Barakah
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:World Cinema
Competition: Emerging Filmmaker
Oscar Submission
Best of Fest
Voice Category:Show me the Love
Release Year:2016
Runtime:84 min
Festivals & Awards:Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Berlin International Film Festival 2016
Country/Region:Saudi Arabia
Print Source:MPM Film
Director:Mahmoud Sabbagh
Producer:Mahmoud Sabbagh
Cinematographer:Victor Credi
Screenwriter:Mahmoud Sabbagh
Editor:Sofia Subercaseaux
Daniel Garcia
Anas Batahaf
Composer:Zeid Hamdan
Maii Waleed
Principal Cast:Hisham Fageeh
Fatima Al Banawi
Sami Hifny
Filmography:Debut Feature


Would you believe a beautiful romantic comedy from Saudi Arabia, the land where movie theaters aren’t even allowed? Director Mahmoud Sabbagh’s charmer has captured audience’s hearts at festivals around the world, and has opened the West’s eyes to love’s possibilities in the desert kingdom. Barakah is a humble municipal civil servant from Jeddah, and Bibi is a wild beauty, the adopted daughter of a rich couple who are distraught over their inability to have biological children. He’s also an amateur actor playing Ophelia in a local production of Hamlet, while she is an Instagram star always seeking to push the boundaries in her home and her country. In an environment hostile to dating of any kind, fate brings these two together. Starring internet sensation and Saudi comedian Hisham Fageeh, Barakah Meets Barakah is only the second Saudi Arabian entry for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in history.

Director’s Biography

Mahmoud Sabbagh: Mahmoud Sabbagh was born in 1983 and is an independent Saudi filmmaker, producer, and writer. Sabbagh has been a major pioneer of independent cinema in Saudi Arabia since 2013. He holds an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where he studied storytelling filmmaking and currently lives in Jeddah.