Fatima Al Banawi  MAD Rising Celebrity
Fatima Al Banawi  MAD Rising Celebrity
Fatima Al Banawi  MAD Rising Celebrity
Fatima Al Banawi  MAD Rising Celebrity
Fatima Al Banawi  MAD Rising Celebrity
Fatima Al Banawi  MAD Rising Celebrity
Fatima Al Banawi  MAD Rising Celebrity
Fatima Al Banawi  MAD Rising Celebrity

Fatima Al-Banawi

Biography

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Fatima Al-Banawi is a Saudi actress, filmmaker, and social researcher and is the founder of Alf Wad Production House. She’s best known for portraying a wide spectrum of roles, from a naive newlywed in the short film GOIN’ SOUTH to a Parisian aspiring actress from the 70s in the feature film ROLL ‘EM, a selfish theater superstar in the series BASHAR, all the way to a superhero who flips cars with fire-extinguishers.

Al-Banawi first came into the spotlight in 2016 when she received international acclaim for her leading role in BARAKAH MEETS BARAKAH, the country’s official submission to the Oscars for Best Foreign Film and the first Saudi feature to compete at the Berlin International Film Festival.

She was selected by Time Magazine to be part of its Young Generation Leaders List in 2018 for her storytelling ventures that highlight the intimate tales of life in Saudi with her groundbreaking public space mover-and-shaker project, THE OTHER STORY, now turned into a book.

She’s worked on several other projects that put her in a different light each time, from Shahid’s Egyptian psychological drama series 60 MINUTES, Netflix’s road-trip thriller ROUTE 10, Shahid’s family drama CHAMPIONS by award-winning Spanish filmmaker Manuel Calvo, and Saudi cinema’s first 18+ film AL HAMOUR H. A.

Al-Banawi recently concluded shooting the films AHLAM AL-ASR and BASMA — the latter of which is her debut as a feature film director and is currently enjoying the success of her debut role in Egyptian cinema with EL AMEEL SEFR.

Fatima was also featured on the digital cover for Marie Claire Arabia’s September 2023 issue.

In 2020, Al-Banawi guest-starred in the first Egyptian Netflix original series PARANORMAL as her first Egyptian role, along with co-writing, co-directing, and starring in her very own Shahid Original, Saudi psychological thriller AL-SHAK.

Earlier the same year, the Red Sea International Film Festival selected her feature film screenplay BASMA for a script-development joint program with Torino Film Lab. The festival also supported her short film UNTIL WE SEE LIGHT as part of the collective omnibus feature BECOMING, which brings together films by five Saudi women directors in one feature film. The film opened the Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition at the 43rd Cairo International Film Festival along with premiering at the first edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival.

From the Institut du Monde Arabe’s very own Festival Des Cinemas Arabes in 2018 to the 5th edition of the Saudi Film Festival in 2019, the 11th Malmo Arab Film Festival, to the 43rd Cairo International Film Festival, her role as a jury member in renowned film festivals solidified her as multi-talented creative and helped her hone her screenwriting skills and infuse her films with intimacy and originality.

When Al-Banawi is not working on her latest film or creative project, she serves as world-renowned luxury manufacturer Cartier’s brand ambassador in the Middle East, polishing her social memoir, THE OTHER STORY, now a book available in bookstores, and serving as a member of Saudi Arabia’s Association for Theatre and Performing Arts.

Official Website: fatimaalbanawi.com
mad rising celebrity Fatima Al Banawi

Personal Details

Nationality: saudi arabian
Based In: jeddah
Passport: saudi arabia
Speaks:
- Arabic (saudi, egyptian, lebanese, syrian mix)
- English
- French

Filmography

Acting
  • Soon Basma
  • 2023 AL-Ameel Sifr
  • 2023 Ahlam Al-Asr
  • 2023 Al-Hamour H.A
  • 2022 Route 10
  • 2021 Champions
  • 2019 Roll’em
  • 2019 Ertidad (Goin South)
  • 2018 A Blink of an Eye (Ghamdat Ein)
  • 2016 Barakah Meets Barakah (Barakah Yoqabil Barakah)
Directoring
  • Soon Basma
  • 2021 Until We See Light (Becoming)
  • 2018 A Blink of an Eye
Writing
  • 2022 Basma
  • 2021 Until We See Light (Becoming)
  • 2020 The Lamb
  • 2018 A Blink of an Eye

Tv Series

Acting
  • 2021 Anbar 6 (Guest Apperance)
  • 2021 60 Minutes (Egyptian Psychological Drama)
  • 2020 Paranormal (Egyptian supernatural Drama Thriller)
  • 2020 Doubt
  • 2020 Om Al-Galayed
  • 2017 Bashar (The Last Season)
Directoring
  • 2020 Doubt
Writing
  • 2022 Sajat
  • 2020 Doubt
  • 2019 Hareem Naeem

Honors

  • Following the success of her performance of Amours Saoudiennes in Paris, she was given the name Sophie Calle by the Saudi Arabian-French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.