JEDDAH — The eastern city of Dammam is readying to host the first official film festival in Saudi Arabia, a conservative Gulf kingdom where cinema houses are non-existent. “The festival is a first step to introduce the Saudi cinema and promote a cinematic culture,” Ahmed al-Mulla, the chairman of the organizing committee, told IslamOnline.net.The five-day festival, to be inaugurated on May 20, is sponsored by the state-run Dammam Literary Club and underwritten by the Saudi Society of Arts and Culture.
This is good and bad. Good because we might get some really decent films about Muslim culture and Islamically themed films. Bad because it might end up to be the Arab version of Bollywood.