It is with great sadness that we announce that Dr Mohamed Said Farsi, in whose honour we are named, passed away at midnight, Monday, March the 4th. Considered to be the father of modern Jeddah, he was Mayor from 1972-1986 and the man who laid the plans which created the city today. A visionary civic leader and philanthropist; it is his spirit which embodies the mission and philosophy of The MSFF. Dr Farsi’s life, values and legacy are the inspiration for our work. We strive to follow his example of countless acts of charity and kindness.
This is a profound loss for all of us and for the many people whose lives Dr Farsi touched. On behalf of all those who feel this loss, his son, our founder, Hani Farsi says the following:
“From childhood, my father taught me the importance of giving back. He was a man who if he read about a train crash would immediately do everything he could to find the names of every family who suffered the loss of a loved one and ensure they would be properly cared for. This was done with no thought of recognition.
“My Dad was an avid collector of art and left a legacy of over 400 public works, which included pieces from Henry Moore and Miro – all paid either by him or through donations of local businessmen.
“All those who knew my father benefited from his wise counsel, his warmth and his generosity of spirit. To me, he was my idol who instilled in me the desire to go out and change the world through philanthropy. He was a lover of Arabic and Western music, funny and enjoyed practical jokes. But more than anything, he was a kind, thoughtful, present and loving father. I will miss him deeply.”
We are a London based grant-making foundation funding charities and social enterprises around the world working in healthcare, education, international development, and arts & culture.
Our aim is to support dynamic charities and social enterprises that can see and build a path to positive social and environmental change.Learn more about the foundation
At the MSFF, we believe in helping give a voice to those most vulnerable.
It goes without saying that our impact is wholly due to our grantee partners, who change and save lives every day, all across the world. We are honoured to support their extraordinary visions and communities.Read about our key projects
In 2015, the MSFF launched its flagship Arab Women Filmmakers initiative at the Cannes Film Festival through a partnership with UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. Together, we created the Hani Farsi Graduate Scholarship Fund that provides full graduate scholarships for a Master of Fine Arts in Directing to women from the Arab world.
This flagship was designed to achieve greater representation of women, particularly Arab women, in the film industry, and to give a voice to their unique perspectives and experiences.View our flagship programme
Over the last 10 years, the MSFF has been honoured to support the extraordinary work of 100 partners across 15 different countries.
Our partners inspire us every day, and we are delighted to commemorate this milestone with an Impact Report acknowledging their extraordinary work.
In October 2018 the MSFF celebrated its 10 Year Anniversary at Somerset House.Read more about the event here