‘Within Sand’ director Moe Alatawi: from a family camcorder to winning a Red Sea award

One of only two Saudi titles in Competition at this year’s Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF), Mohammed “Moe” Alatawi’s feature debut Within Sand combines aspects of a road movie with the futuristic landscapes found in the northwest of Saudi Arabia, where it was shot.

It is ultimately a tale of survival for its lead character, a young man named Snam, played by newcomer Ra’ed Alshammari, who is ambushed by thieves in the deserted terrain and left with only a knife to fend for himself.


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