In an unprecedented event, Riyadh is set to hold one of its first ever public film screenings on Thursday, Al Arabiya reported. 

The screening will feature the 2016, UAE-produced filmBilal, and comes as part of the cultural Hakaya Misk Festival. 

The festival is currently taking place in Riyadh and is organized by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Foundation “MiSK”. 

According to Al Arabiya, the festival will be screening the film until Sunday, Aug. 20.

Bilal, "tells the biography of Bilal bin Rabah, prayer caller during Islam's Prophet Mohammed's time, and is written by Saudi producer Ayman Jamal in association with international actor Will Smith," Al Arabiya wrote. 

Jamal will attend the screening of the film, which is set to be held at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.

Bilal... finally lands in Saudi Arabia

An international success

The 3D computer-animated action-adventure film was released to international success in 2016.  

It features Saudi hip hop artist Qusai Kheder, who lent his voice to Bilal’s character. 

Jordanian TV presenter Ola Al-Faris did the voiceover for the two main female characters in the film, Ghafira and Hamama, while Syrian actor Jamal Suleiman dubbed the character of Omaya bin Khalaf.

The film's English version was screened at the Cannes Film Festival and holds a high 8.4 IMDB rating

In a previous interview with MBC, Jamal said the feature "aims to show the true face of Islam," at a time when media outlets around the world continue to reflect a negative, faulty narrative on the faith. 

Watch the film's trailer here: