MEDIA WORKGROUP SYRIA – 10 December 2013 – ‘King of the sands’ is over the raising of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and based on true events:
‘King of the sands’ tells the story of the rise of Ibn Saud from an obscure tribal leader in Kuwait to the undisputed ruler of the Arabian peninsula.
The film depicts Ibn Saud as an unscrupulous, bloodthirsty womaniser who was a pawn of the British.
‘King of the sands’ is a biopic of Abd al-Aziz ibn Abd al-Rahman Al Saud, also known as Ibn Saud, an emir of the central Arabian Al Saud clan and founder of the present-day kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ‘King of the sands’ is presented as a ‘landmark taboo-breaking film’, depicting a ‘dichotomous’ story. It presents an impoverished prince in exile who reconquers his ancestral lands and continues to expand his dominion until he controls the better part of the Arabian Peninsula. This accomplishment demanded “single-minded ruthlessness”. He exterminated the rivaling Emirs of Ha’il, the Al Rasheed. He later massacred his own shock troops, the Ikhwan (an irregular militia recruited from the main nomadic tribes), when they became a liability in the late 1920s and early 1930s. They had threatened the kings relations with the British in Jordan and Iraq. This film also depicts Western imperialism as impinging on the monarch’s independence, foreshadowing the kingdom’s future entanglement in world affairs once the oil started to flow.
‘King of the sands’ is directed by the famous Syrian director Najdat Aznour.