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Jeddah Red Sea Film Festival marks historic moment for Saudi filmmakers

Saudis, Arabs, world stars and celebrities walked the red carpet in the conservative kingdom in a scene that no one could have imagined a few years ago.
Directors Hind Alfahhad, Fatima Al-Banawi, Jawaher Alamri and Sara Mesfer at the Red Sea International Film Festival on December 9, 2021, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The first film festival to take place in Saudi Arabia began in the Red Sea city of Jeddah on Dec. 6, almost four years after the ban on cinemas was lifted in efforts to modernize the kingdom.

The red carpet was rolled out to Arabs, Saudis, world stars, filmmakers, directors and producers in a scene that was not imaginable in the conservative kingdom where women wore only traditional black abayas in public up until a few years ago.

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