Fatima AlBanawi has recently joined the cast of Shahid’s upcoming thriller series 60 Minutes. Directed by Mariam Ahmady and written by Mohamed Hesham Obayya, the series is slated to premiere soon.
Leading a relatively quiet and stable life, Yasmin and her well-known psychiatrist husband witness a mysterious incident that turns their life upside down. Alongside AlBanawi, the series co-stars Yasmin Raeis, Shereen Reda, Sawsan Badr and Tharaa Goubail.
Fatima AlBanawi is a Saudi actress, director and writer. She was selected by Time Magazine as part of its Young Generation Leaders List (2018) for her storytelling ventures that highlight the intimate tales of life in Saudi through her project The Other Story. Fatima received international acclaim for her leading role in Barakah Meets Barakah that marks the first Saudi film to screen at Berlinale and was Saudi Arabia's official submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language.
Her most recent works in 2020 include the Egyptian series Paranormal that premiered on Netflix, and Shahid’s Saudi drama Al-Shak that she also co-wrote and co-directed.
Earlier in 2020, the Red Sea International Film Festival selected her feature film screenplay Basma for a joint program with Torino Film Lab to develop films. The festival also funded her short film Until We See Light as part of the collective omnibus, Becoming, which brings together films by five Saudi women directors in one feature film. In addition, AlBanawi was selected as a jury member at the Feature Film Competition within the 11th edition of the Malmo Arab Film Festival in 2021.