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AlJazeera: Saudis put cinema ban in the frame

By Indiewire | Indiewire February 24, 2006 at 9:58AM

Saudis, thirsty for cinema in a country with no big screens, say they are determined to drag the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom into the celluloid world. Seven films produced by Saudis will take part in a festival in the United Arab Emirates' capital Abu Dhabi in March, the strongest showing yet for the country's nascent cinema industry. Abdullah Eyaf, 28, a director who runs a website promoting film, said, "We'd like to do films that our society likes, that help the rise of cinema, and also get recognition. I'd like our voice to reach the West." His 45-minute documentary, "Cinema 500km", tackles the issue head-on, depicting a Saudi who must travel to neighbouring Bahrain to watch films. AlJazeera reports
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Saudis, thirsty for cinema in a country with no big screens, say they are determined to drag the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom into the celluloid world. Seven films produced by Saudis will take part in a festival in the United Arab Emirates' capital Abu Dhabi in March, the strongest showing yet for the country's nascent cinema industry. Abdullah Eyaf, 28, a director who runs a website promoting film, said, "We'd like to do films that our society likes, that help the rise of cinema, and also get recognition. I'd like our voice to reach the West." His 45-minute documentary, "Cinema 500km", tackles the issue head-on, depicting a Saudi who must travel to neighbouring Bahrain to watch films. AlJazeera reports







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