VICE Video: ‘Building Saudi Arabia’s First Movie Theatre’

VICE News has posted a video on the burgeoning entertainment industry in Saudi Arabia and the challenges of creating original content in the Kingdom.

“There is strong content being created by Saudis in the underground filmmaking scene. The challenges Saudi artists face, instead of lessening the quality of their work, actually add layers, nuance and creativity to their work and it makes them adept at polite subversion and they know how to challenge the system internally,” VICE News reports.

VICE News follows Ali Al Kalthami a young Saudi filmmaker as he works on his next project in his hometown of Riyadh for his film company Telfaz11. VICE also speaks to Shihab Jamjoom, former deputy Minister at the Ministry of Culture and Information and owner of a massive Arabic-language cartoon company, Spacetoon about why having Youtube Saudi stars is not enough. He tells us why Saudi needs a real movie industry for people like Ali to prosper.

[Click here to watch on YouTube]