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Saudi Arabia creating movies in fledgling film industry

Posted at 7:19 AM, Sep 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-07 07:20:56-04

With daring filmmakers, untold stories and entertainment-starved young people, Saudi Arabia has all the makings of a local movie industry - except for theaters.
    
As the traditionally austere kingdom cautiously embraces more forms of entertainment, local filmmakers are exploring a new frontier in Saudi art, using the internet to screen films and pushing boundaries of expression - often with surprise backing from top royals.
    
"Saudi Arabia is the future of filmmaking in the Gulf," said Butheina Kazim, co-founder of Dubai's independent cinema platform "Cinema Akil," pointing to a crop of Saudi films that have emerged in recent years.