Acclaimed Bahraini writer and film producer Farid Ramadan dies at 59

Cairo: Acclaimed Bahraini writer and film producer Farid Ramadan had died after health problems, local media reported. He was 59.

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Born in Bahrain’s area of Al Muharraq on November 4, 1961, Ramadan made a big name as a story writer since the early 1980s. He also worked as a journalist and wrote several radio and TV programmes.

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Ramadan, moreover, wrote screen plays for several feature and short films, cooperating with directors in Bahrain, the UAE, Iraq and Palestine. He was awarded a slew of Bahraini, Gulf and Arab prizes during his illustrious career. His last novel was “The English Ocean” published in 2018.

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Prominent cultural figure

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The Bahraini Authority of Culture and Antiquities mourned Ramadan, calling him a “prominent cultural figure”. The agency said that the late writer has boosted his homeland’s name in the Gulf and Arab community of creativity.

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“He was an example of the non-stop innovators and left behind a legacy and an output that will remain immortal in our Bahraini, Gulf and Arab cultural memory,” it added in a statement.

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Ramadan’s works strikingly explored migration to the Gulf and socio-economic transformations in the region.

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