Offscreen Expeditions: Journey to Saudi Arabia


Film 02: Development vs. Tradition

Contemplating the backstreets and alleys of the Balad, the old town in Jeddah, Marouan examines the contrasts of life and if there is a struggle between tradition and modernity.

Arabia Offscreen, an international creative competition attracted more than 500 entries from talented young artists, designers, film-makers, and photographers, aged 18-25, in the United Kingdom, Egypt, Malaysia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

The winning team traveled around Saudi Arabia to create an artistic portrait of the Kingdom to be shared with youth audiences from around the world. From the mountains of Aseer to the new cities rising out of the desert, the young artists were given unprecedented access to one of the most fascinating and inspiring cultures in the world.



Offscreen Expeditions is an education programme dedicated to creating greater understanding between young people in the UK and the Muslim world.

Offscreen Expeditions is a creative organisation based within the Arab British Centre.


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