Qatar firm to produce feature film on Sufi saint

Jalal al-Din Rumi's life to hit the big screen.
From Left: Mahmoud Bouneb, executive director, Fine Pearl Productions; screenwriter David Ward and Muzaffar Ali, the film's director.
From Left: Mahmoud Bouneb, executive director, Fine Pearl Productions; screenwriter David Ward and Muzaffar Ali, the film's director.

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A feature film on the famous Sufi poet and scientist Jalal al-Din Rumi, which was conceived several years ago, may finally see the light of day thanks to funding from the Qatar Foundation for Education Science and Community Development.

 
The Qatar Foundation has contracted production of the film to Fine Pearl Studios, a fledgling production house in the country.

Indian director Muzaffar Ali, who has spent his life studying the life and works of the saint, will be part of the team along with Oscar winning screenwriter David Ward.

“I have tried to bring together artists of the world … to be part of this journey to create a poem on celluloid much the way Rumi did with words,” said Ali.

“I am honoured by the confidence invested in me by the government in the initial support for the project.”

Fine Pearl Studios will also work with international partners in Europe and the United States to distribute the film.

Mahmoud Bouneb, executive director of Fine Pearl Studios said the new venture was “the illustration of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned’s [wife of the Emir of Qatar] vision to support and promote creative work.”

“These projects serve to bridge the gap between cultures and provide a platform for creative film-making talents,” he said.

“The success of this venture will strongly depend on sincere collaboration with the international cinema community to ensure the best financing and distribution conditions for Fine Pearl Studios.”
 

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