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Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban On Movies

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Saudi Arabia has given green signal to cinema houses to screen movies after an agreement among four ministries – Ministry of Interior, SCTA, GCAM and HAIA.

Saudi Arabian theatres will be screening movies for the first time since 1980, when the government banned the cinema industry.

Ministry of Labour has published in its website, the procedure to register cinema and obtain its licence. The announcement might encourage the launch of professional courses related to film industry.

Saudi Arabia has produced some performers and directors like Rotana and Haifa Al-Mansour. ‘Wadjda’ – the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia was directed by Al-Mansour. She won numerous awards for her work at film festivals. It was also the first Saudi film to be submitted for the Best Foreign Language Oscar category.

The authorities will be censoring the movie before it is allowed in to the big screens. The news has prompted the malls under construction to provide facility for cinemas.

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