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The History of Saudi Arabian Cinema from 2005 to the Present Day

     
     
  2005  
     
  Nov - Films are shown in Saudi Arabia for the first time since the 70s when childrens cartoons are screened as part of celebrations of the Eid al-Fitr holiday.   [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
     
  2006  
     
  Jan -

Leading Wahhabi cleric Salman al-Odeh suggests on the Saudi entertainment channel MBC that cinema, which has been banned from public screenings since the 70s, deserved support because it could be used to promote Islam. [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  2009  
     
  6/6 -

Menahi becomes the first film to be shown in Saudi Arabia’s capital city Riyadh in more than 30 years when it is screened at a government–run cultural centre.   Women are banned from the screening.  [MORE]

   
  17/7 -

The Jeddah Festival, the country’s first ever film festival, is cancelled just hours before it is due to begin.   The week-long festival was due to show nearly 100 feature films and shorts. [MORE]

   

 

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