On Saudi Filmmaking

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For NPR, by yours truly:

The Saudi Arabian movie Wadjda has been on a winning streak.

The film, about a young Saudi girl who hatches a plan so she can ride a bicycle in her conservative country, has been honored at the Venice Film Festival, the Dubai International Film Festival and the Gulf Film Festival. Haifaa al-Mansour, the first woman to direct a film in Saudi Arabia, was feted a week ago at the Tribeca Film Festival.

So how’s the film doing in Saudi Arabia? Well, there are no movie theaters in the desert kingdom.

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