Co-directed by Kuwaiti businessman and arts producer Shakir Abal with British TV director Tim Langford, Richard III “An Arab VIP” is a topical and timely documentary that melds Middle Eastern politics with onstage drama and offstage reality. In the film, the camera follows a pan Arab troupe of actors as they travel the world between the USA and the Middle East rehearsing and performing a highly acclaimed version of Shakespeare's Richard III as conceived from a contemporary Arab perspective by renowned Kuwaiti dramatist Sulayman Al-Bassam. In addition to the highly dramatic performances by the exemplary troupe of actors, the 70 minutes film also includes interviews with the cast and crew as well as behind-the-scenes footage that shows what it is like to tour a top-notch stage play in sometimes less than perfect circumstances. The film is in English and Arabic with subtitles.
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Monday, May 23, 2011
Documentary about Al-Bassam's Richard III
A documentary about the international tour of Al-Bassam's Richard III: An Arab Tragedy premiered last month. Would love to hear from anyone who has seen it. Press release here, film website here.
Posted by Margaret Litvin at 6:29 AM
Labels: Al-Bassam, film, Kuwait, Richard III
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