Still Razan persevered, studying media in the day and creating films in her free time.
Then in 2018, at the age of 20, she was accepted onto a program run by the Saudi Film Council. She studied scriptwriting in Riyadh and was given the chance to go to Paris where she worked on four movies.
“I learnt the basics of filmmaking in Paris,” she says. “I got to work on multiple projects and take on different roles as a camera operator, producer, sound recordist, and assistant director.
At the beginning of your journey this is what helps you to learn and build up your knowledge.”
But her heart was set on becoming a director, and she got another lucky break that same year when she joined the Film Society at Ithra—the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture founded by Aramco. The initiative provides tools and opportunities for local creatives to thrive in the film industry.
After joining the Ithra Film Society, Razan was invited to attend a two-week filmmaking course in London. Within a few days, she was booked and on her way to England.