Novelist and filmmaker Farid Ramadan passes away

The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities mourned, in a statement issued by it, today, Friday, novelist and scriptwriter Farid Ramadan, who died at the age of 59 years after a struggle with illness.

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.

Ramadan, moreover, wrote screenplays 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.

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 communities of creativity.

“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.

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