Saudi Arabia Will Allow Movie Theaters to Open  from AP Archive

Saudi Arabia Will Allow Movie Theaters to Open from AP Archive

Year: 2018
Authors: AP Archive
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0 seconds 720 (11 Dec 2017) Saudi Arabia announced on Monday (11 DEC. 2017) it will allow movie theaters to open in the conservative kingdom next year, for the first time in more than 35 years, in the latest social push by the country's young crown prince.It's a stark reversal in a county where movie theaters were shut down in the 1980s, during a wave of ultraconservatism in the country. Many of Saudi Arabia's clerics view Western movies and even Arabic films made in Egypt and Lebanon as sinful."I guess I won't believe it until I'm sitting down in a theater or watching one of my movies," said Saudi producer and actor Hisham Fageeh at the Dubai International Film Festival. Fageeh starred in and co-produced the Saudi film "Barakah Meets Barakah" by director Mahmoud Sabbagh, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. The movie, which has been called the kingdom's first romantic comedy, tells the story of a civil servant who falls for a Saudi girl whose Instagram posts have made her a local celebrity.Despite decades of ultraconservative dogma, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has sought to ram through a number of major social reforms with support from his father, King Salman.The crown prince is behind measures such as lifting a ban on women driving next year and bringing back concerts and other forms of entertainment to satiate the desires of the country's majority young population. The 32-year-old heir to the throne's social push is part of his so-called Vision 2030, a blueprint for the country that aims to boost local spending and create jobs amid sustained lower oil prices.You can license this story through AP Archive: Find out more about AP Archive: Comments:
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