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comment by kleinbl00

    In the 1980s, there were some improvised movie halls in Saudi Arabia, most of which were in Jeddah and Mecca, where Egyptian, Indian, and Turkish films were screened without government intervention. However, all these halls were closed due to the continuous objections of religious conservatives during the Islamic revival movement in the 1980s. As a political response to an increase in Islamist activism including the 1979 seizure of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the government closed all cinemas and theaters.

    The only public theater in Saudi Arabia is an IMAX cinema located in Khobar in the Scitech complex, a science and technology center offering exhibits that deal with varying science and technologies, as well as an astronomic observatory. This IMAX cinema is showing documentaries, mostly produced in the United States, during non-prayer timings. The documentaries are shown in Arabic, and headphones are available with English audio.

Saudi Arabia is no joke. The UAE is a little better but they still don't fuck around. Got a buddy. Does work in Dubai sometimes. Did some b-roll for a short film in Gaza. Had to report his passport lost because if you have an Israel stamp? Yeah, you're not allowed in any of the Kingdoms.

FirebrandRoaring  ·  413 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Sounds like what the Soviet Union has been doing, only rather... primitive, as if driven by instinct.

    because if you have an Israel stamp? Yeah, you're not allowed in any of the Kingdoms.

Sounds like what Russia is doing, only with Ukraine. Not an unfamiliar scenario.

kleinbl00  ·  413 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Ahhh, but the USSR had films. I've seen some of 'em. There were some great ones. Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, banned all cinema, and enforced that ban from the '80s onward.

FirebrandRoaring  ·  413 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    I've seen some of 'em.

Any favorites you can name?

    Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, banned all cinema

That's where the insane part comes in.

kleinbl00  ·  413 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Solaris is great. Alexander Nevsky. Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears.

FirebrandRoaring  ·  413 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Neat. Any of the famous Soviet comedies?

kleinbl00  ·  413 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Not as of yet. Keep in mind, I grew up in the '80s, at a nuclear weapons lab in the middle of the New Mexico desert. Nevsky we had to order bootleg from a mail-order warehouse in New York. Solaris I didn't see until past college, despite loving sci fi. For some reason, though, we had tears on VHS at the local video store (the one, the only one).

I didn't even know Eolomea was a thing until like a couple years ago.

FirebrandRoaring  ·  413 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Well, now that you're living in a free world — if you have interest, here's a few films to start.

kleinbl00  ·  413 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks! Bookmarked!

(and irony noted!)