- Saudi Arabia's "Vision 2030" program promises a wave of cultural reforms in order to diversify the kingdom's oil-dependent economy
- The establishment of the General Entertainment Authority had sparked hopes cinema would be unbanned in Saudi as part of the reforms
- But the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Sheikh subsequently ruled out this option, marking cinema as a "red line" issue
Haifaa al-Mansour is a Saudi Arabian film director. Her debut feature "Wadjda" was the first feature film shot in Saudi Arabia, and the first by a female director. It was submitted by Saudi Arabia in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 86th Academy Awards.
(CNN)This week marked the end of another period of prolonged excitement about the possibility of re-opening cinemas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which have been banned since the 1980s.