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Saudi actress Fatima Al-Banawi is new Cartier ambassador for the Middle East

Fatima Al-Banawi has been named as Cartier’s latest ambassador for the Middle East at a recent event at Lake Como in Italy where the French jewellery house revealed its latest collection
Saudi actress Fatima Al-Banawi is new Cartier ambassador for the Middle East

Multi-talented Saudi actress, filmmaker and writer Fatima Al-Banawi has been named as Cartier’s latest ambassador for the Middle East at a recent event at Lake Como in Italy where the French jewellery house revealed its latest collection, titled Sixieme Sens par Cartier.

The event, hosted by Cyrille Vigneron, president and chief executive of Cartier, saw Al-Banawi joined by Egyptian actress Yasmine Sabri; Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki, and Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz, a Saudi entrepreneur and former Vogue Arabia editor.

Fatima Al-Banawi gained attention through her role in 2016 Saudi breakout comedy Barakah Meets Barakah, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. As well her film and television work, she also graduated from Harvard University with a master's degree in theological studies, specialising in women, gender and Islamic studies, and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Effat University in Jeddah.

She founded the story telling project called The Other Story Project in 2015. Through the project, she has collected almost 5000 real life stories from strangers and by using these lives, Al-Banawi later directed the short film A Blink of an Eye.

During the pandemic in 2020 she co-wrote, directed and starred in the 10-episode television short series Doubt (Al Shak) fully from home during lockdown. Her 2020 film development project Basma was selected by the Saudi’s Red Sea Film Festival and her short film, Until We See the Light, was one of five films by Saudi female directors to be highlighted in a project focused on the achievements of women from the kingdom.

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