Saudi filmmaker Maan B. talks to DW's Brent Goff about the significance of the first cinema in the conservative kingdom in 35 years
The ultraconservative kingdom is trying to expand entertainment opportunities for its young population. As many as 350 cinemas are planned by 2030.
The measure has been passed by the Cabinet and an advisory council, and will become law with a royal decree. The country is making some piecemeal reforms, including ending its notorious ban on women driving.
US President Trump has said he asked Ankara to release evidence it claims proves the reporter was slain by Saudi agents. The US has also denied helping Riyadh cover up the suspected murder.
Reforms in Saudi Arabia taking place under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman include lifting a 35-year ban on cinemas in the desert nation. A showing of "Black Panther" is scheduled for a test screening in Riyadh.
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