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Saudi Entrepreneur Hani Farsi Opens Door for Arab Women Filmmakers

29 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While studies show that prospects for women directors are stunted in Hollywood, a program backed by a Saudi entrepreneur will create opportunities in the U.S. for Arab female filmmakers. In fact, according to the news from Cannes last week, Arab women are increasingly stepping out on the global stage in the business of moviemaking.

On May 19, Saudi philanthropist and film producer Hani Farsi announced a partnership with UCLA to fund a program that will offer three full four-year scholarships to Arab women, through the school of Theater, Film and Television, to earn graduate degrees in directing.

“I think we can bring about social change through this,” Farsi said at Cannes where, as co-owner of French distribution and sales company Le Pacte, he had eight films for sale this year, including Nanni Moretti’s “My Mother.”

Since 2007, Farsi also has been producing and distributing movies with Arab and Muslim themes via his Corniche Pictures. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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