Women attending the "Short Film Competition 2" festival at King Fahad Culture Center in Riyadh, October 20, 2017.
AFP / Fayez Nureldine
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Saudi Arabia announced Monday it will allow cinemas to open next year, for the first time in more than 35 years.Fageeh starred in and co-produced the film "Barakah Meets Barakah," by Saudi director Mahmoud Sabbagh, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.Saudi filmmakers and movie buffs have been able to circumvent traditional censors by streaming movies online and watching films on satellite TV.Despite there being no cinemas in Saudi Arabia, young Saudi filmmakers have lately received state support and recognition.The film "Wadjda" made history in 2013 by becoming Saudi Arabia's first Academy Award entry, though it wasn't nominated.Though four years apart, both "Wadjda" and "Barakah Meets Barakah" tackle the issue of gender segregation in Saudi Arabia, which remains largely enforced.The Saudi government says there will be 300 cinemas with around 2,000 screens built in the country by 2030 .
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