Fahmi Farahat & Murad Amayreh
A Live Interactive Film
Passengers of a tour bus on their way to Saudi Arabia’s newly discovered ancient city, Iram of the Pillars, are exposed to a mysterious virus that turns its victims into violent, flesh eating monsters. Now they must fight, not only to survive, but to contain the spread of the infection and prevent a prophesied apocalypse.
On Monday, 30th of November 2020, audiences worldwide will follow the story of multiple characters in an interactive live Saudi film. Yajuj: Curse of Iram is a unique experience as the story is told from multiple perspectives live on Instagram.
A film and social event developed by Prostratus Productions, California and co-produced by Bright Lens Media, Al-Hasa, and Haa Productions, Riyadh. This unique project is led and directed by daring Saudi film director Fahmi Farahat, in collaboration with award winning stage director Malik Qallak. It is the first installment of a series of films and stories from a thrilling apocalyptic world co-created by Arab-American filmmaker and writer Murad Aldin Amayreh.
Fahmi is a Saudi-German producer and director who has directed multiple award-winning short films and has been involved in four independent feature films, including Almoasa, a micro budget feature film that received critical acclaim for its edgy depiction of gender segregation in the workplace. Fahmi is known for taking risks by exploring themes such as sex, women and minority empowerment, time travel and creating fantasy worlds. As a seasoned content producer and director, Fahmi is experienced in working on complex productions with elaborate casts, crews and locations all over the world including Los Angeles, Dubai, London and Paris.
Murad is an accomplished writer, producer and director who has produced content that has garnered millions of views and sparked online debates and discussions. Murad is specialized in creating content around dark subject matters dealing with horror, supernatural phenomena, death, violence and war. His films include The Widower, which was selected by Rob Zombie as a finalist at the Universal Studios Horror Haunts Festival. Jinn, a suspenseful thriller on Islamic supernatural beings, which won best film at three major horror festivals.
“Yajuj” is an action/thriller film with themes and concepts that stem from the legends, traditions, culture and beliefs of the Middle-East, while maintaining an international appeal. The story addresses unique subject matter rarely explored through the art of film, particularly in the Arab world. The scale of the project is not a simple undertaking. It is a large and ambitious project, the scope of which has never even been attempted in the world. We believe that, locally, we have the talent, the the experiences, and the resources capable of creating authentic, compelling stories with a unique approach that will leave our audiences wanting more.
Orson Welles’ The War of the Worlds was performed and broadcast live on October 30, 1938 over the CBS radio network. Using the new medium of the times, Welles told the story of an alien invasion as a news report which allegedly caused a panic among its listening audience, some of whom believed that what they were hearing was real. Inspired by the idea of using new live media to reach a broad audience, the creators set out to tell a unique story, authentic to the legends, traditions, and culture of the Arab and Muslim world.