Thursday, October 20, 2005

A potential market for Bollywood?

Riyadh welcomes return of cinema

From the BBC

The authorities in Saudi Arabia have given permission for the first cinema to open there in 20 years, but the only clients will be women and children.
Foreign cartoons dubbed into Arabic will begin to showing at the end of the holy month of Ramadan in a hotel in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

This could herald a comeback for public cinema in the conservative kingdom. Public screenings of films were stopped in the 1970s when clerics criticised them and demanded gender segregation. Private clubs continued to show films until the practice was banned in the early 1980s for contravening Islamic law...


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