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Saudi Arabia lifts 35-year ban on cinemas

Signal of change / Saudi Arabia lifts 35-year ban on cinemas

By Ella-Louise Micallef / 20 Feb 2018

Saudi Arabia has lifted its 35-year ban on cinemas, and begun to screen feature-length animated children’s films in makeshift theatres. The first permanent theatres are expected as early as March. Films will be censored to ensure they align with the kingdom’s moral values.

So what?

This is the latest in a series of restrictions that has been lifted in Saudi Arabia, which have included allowing women drive and permitting internet calls, in an attempt to boost tourism and broaden the economy.

In a country that has been widely criticised for its inequalities, what else might come of its period of social reform?


What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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