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Meshal Al Jaser


The Saudi director took the Arab world by storm several years ago via a simple YouTube channel;  Folaim Ya Gholaim. When he was 17 years old, Meshal began to make Arabic-language short films publishing them on YouTube.

His film, Arabian Alien, which he produced and directed competed in Sundance Film Festival for the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film in 2020. The film, which stars Saudi comedian Mohammed “Abu Hamdan” AlHamdan, tells the story of Saad, a married Muslim man dealing with depression when an alien from outer space is suddenly introduced into his life. Arabian Alien came to such notoriety that it became an Oscar-qualifying film in the Best Narrative Short category for the 2021 Oscars.

His film Is Sumiyati Going to Hell? is one of six films in the series of six Saudi films as part of the Six Windows in the Desert for Netflix in 2020.

He studied screenwriting at NYFA’s Los Angeles campus of New York Film Academy and he has been profiled in Screen Arabia and GQ Middle East

Program Studied at NYFA: Screenwriting
Program Type: BFA
Year Graduated: 2020
Location: Los Angeles
Credits: Six Windows in the Desert, Is Sumyati Going to Hell?, Arabian Alien, Pupa


Is SUMIYATI Going to Hell? Trailer | NFMLA December 16th 2017 Film Festival


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