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Why Oscar-Hopeful Bilal Movie Could Launch a Research Paper

The animated film Bilal is being “viewed by many to be the birth of global film making in the Middle East,” according to a contributor to the Saudi Gazette in “Saudi animated movie ‘Bilal’ to be screened at Cannes.” Though a film for children, the Bilal movie, produced by UAE and Saudi Arabian company Barajoun Entertainment and an Oscar hopeful in the animated category, presents a tale familiar to viewers in the Middle East or who practice Islam, but not as familiar to Westerners.

Look for a wide range of topics to discuss on the Bilal movie. (Credit: Barajoun Entertainment)

Look for a wide range of topics to discuss on the Bilal movie. (Credit: Barajoun Entertainment)

Loosely based on the life of Bilal ibn Rabah, a companion of the Prophet Mohammed, the Bilal movie focuses on diversity and the inclusive side of Islam. Read more