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 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.


3 Replies to “Saudiwood”

  1. Actually I watched the movie Keif el hal
    it is pretty good for an arab film(most of them are idiotic). The Saudi dialect is cool to listen to as well. Not bollywood at all. Comedic but addresses some similar issues as Khuda Kay liye Pakistani film.

  2. where is the link to that american muslim movie about four roommates: three of them muslim and one non muslim. I wanna see the finished movie; it looked pretty good.

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