This week, the first Saudi full-length movie premi…

This week, the first Saudi full-length movie premiered in the major cities in the region such as Dubai, Manama, and Cairo, but not in Riyadh nor any other Saudi city because movie theaters are not allowed here. Ironic, to say the least, and quite depressing, but let’s not get into that: no need to be blue during Eid.

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32 thoughts on “This week, the first Saudi full-length movie premi…

  1. Wow, you are so positive, and the pictures on your site are so awesome. You have really allowed me to see a very positive aspect of your life and culture that I would have never imagined before. I wish the young people in this country (USA)where more like you. You seem so pure, you have such great values. I praise the culture and family that has raised you to be the way you are. It has to be the family values that your country promotes. I can really see the difference in the USA especially in the youth. This is very sad for me, what the heck happened to the youth here. I would love to hear you blog about the different types of youth in your country obviously there has to be a variety and I am curious because I do not want to generalize based on one blog. :-) Yes your country has some problems but where it seems to be lacking, it greatly makes up with family values. Good luck with all your endevours. Ellie in the US

  2. I think it’s a VERY stupid move..
    It’s not the 1st khaleeji movie but sure the 1st saudi one!
    I tottaly support tash matash cuz it talks about real saudi problems and stuff..but this is just too much:)
    the girl is cute though

  3. I will be very interested to see this movie, should I get the opportunity to do so. I hope that it is insightful enough to give a view of Saudi society that is, for the most part, rarely seen by outsiders. Speaking of learning: I have certainly been surprised at the candor and passion with which a lot of people on this site have expressed their opinions. Especially on topics that can be so explosive. I admire those individual’s resolve to search for the truth through discourse and I hope those of us in North America take a lesson from this kind of bravery and stop being complacent when it’s time to “put our money where our mouths are.”

  4. Salam, :)

    whoever wanna go to the handphone ringing, people talking, people doing whatever i don’t wanna look at movie theatres these days. buy a big screen, buy a DVD. the comfort in your own home. i enjoyed LOTR at home so much better, than i imagined it will be at the movies.

    like #1: nobody will laugh hillariously when somebody get killed. yes, for some reason they laughed when brad pitt got hit by a car in that movie.

    so you already has the best ways. if it were me i won’t complain much. really. God Knows Best.

  5. dear saudi jeans

    I appreciate your candid views.Young people need an oulet for their energies and aspirations.This is not possible in saudi.Its time the young saudis got together and take on your mullahs in public fora.Its difficult, but the only way to ensure future saudi generations do not have abnormal childhood.

  6. Looks like you are on the front page of Gulf News as well (Dubai, UAE). I agree with this entry, and I seriously do not see the point in cinemas accumulating into bad behaviour, or even spreading a negative view on youth.

    I have never, in my life, gone to a movie so that I could see the negative side of things. Whenever I head into a movie, I usually go for the fun of it, so that I could laugh or get scared with my friends or family who come with me. Some people criticize Dubai as being to Western-like. But in these cases I see that the youth here have more choices and objectives set out for their future lives.

    Concerning your blog website, I am glad someone is finally getting recognized and the fact that this is happening is seriously draining.

    Good luck with your site, and God bless.

    J.L. From Dubai

  7. Dear Saudi Jeans,

    One thing i wanted to emphasis is that Liberty is every one’s right when it is in bounds..

    Am extreamly happy to read your blog full of enthusiasm & Energy in it.
    Keep it up !!!

  8. We should have had many movie theaters a long time ago! That a Saudi movie has to premiere abroad and not here is ridiculous to say the least.
    It is high time that we stand up to the conservative whackos in this country who want to keep us in the dark ages!

  9. How ironic is that?
    According to statics most of the saudi population under the age of 20! which means that we are a youth country! we got no entertainment provided, no theaters allowed,(just for families) sign that facing you wherever you go,etc
    going to Bahrain,kuwait or Emirates is the only choice left! why are we different from other arab countries? at least our neighbours!!
    Big thanks to Saudi Jeans!

  10. this movie didn’t make it to Kuwait, unfortunately, but we are proud of the Saudi achievement
    One day, and soon, all of this will change in all of our countries, and a brighter morning will come
    hang in there :)

  11. Thank you! I read about your blog in a Vancouver (Canada) paper and decided to check it out. You provide a wonderful insight to your culture – when we see each other as individuals we can then see our similarities not just our differences. Good luck! Candace in Canada

  12. Hi Ahmed,
    I also read about your blog in a newspaper in Vancouver, Canada today. I had to check it out. I lived in Dhahran for a long time while my parents worked for Aramco. I love seeing your pictures. I was there in 1993, but it sounds like the internet has changed lots of things about living in Saudi. Amazing.

  13. I encourage you to keep on trying to practice your own right of speech, however, I hope you focus more on the most important issues in the Saudi society .
    Good luck

  14. i wonder f i can get this movie on DVD soon?LOL i think it’s soooo funny that we made a movie and we dont have a freakin movie theater!!!! big thanx 2 saudi jeans ur name is every where keep up the good work and good luck, we really need some guys like you so we might change sumthing !! god bless you ;)

  15. I worked with Saudi Arabian airlines in the early 80s at Riyhad, the thing that struck me was young intelegent men wandering the streets aimlessly with nothing to do, then some video game shops opened, within a week the religous police shut them down, one day the lid will blow off. I did meet a Saudi lady who dressed as a man to drive, Sadly Islam is the most abused and misinterperetted religion, which it should not be

  16. I admire your courage taking on the establishment!!!
    I worked in Jeddah for 6 years and know where you are coming from, the mutawa should be disbanded asap – when did Islam ever force anyone to pray??
    Keep up the good work … who knows one day ……

  17. i think that the difintion of problem varies from country to another, from culture to culture.for instance we in saudi arabia dont have movie theatre cuz its co-ed which is not allowed but in every where else its ok or maybe its part of the life style…. just a view point

  18. I simply enjoy reading your writing. You have an excellent writing style, easy to read and understand. And the issues you discuss are of extreme importance.
    Keep writing.

  19. What a breath of fresh air from inside KSA! Having lived in your country for 12 years, I never really was able to figure out the social system, but I was sorry to leave.

    Keep up the good work, especially that of exposing the hypocritical and backward mutaween! They do nothing for the world´s image of your religion.

  20. listen
    you have 3 options
    1 – go 2 onther country and watch it
    2- wait until it is in the stores
    3- dont watch it’s better and easier for you

  21. I used to live and work in Dubai for three years. Great experience! Sure, at first I was shocked with all the cultural differences. But I was shocked even more when I learned abuot Saudi Arabia. My husband used to go there quite frequently on business trips and told me loads about way of life there (at least what he was allowed to witness).
    All I can say is thanks God, I’m not a Muslim ! I feel sorry for you guys still trapped in the Middle Age. Wish you have more normal life!
    And it is a gret blog, thanks for it! (brought all my memories back) :)

  22. i am indian working in otiqa, riyadh.i am writing this matter by seeing and experiencing the sheer discrimination of saudi citizens and police.
    we all aliens having threat from the 11 to 19 year old saudi kids, who are steeling our money and mobile phone from our pockets and we cant do nothing, bcz when we traced them and cougth them the saudi people will interfere and will let them release,
    if we call police,they will also do the same thing. bcz of this situation we are afraid to walk alone through the road.always expect the thief kids who reach riding bike and pick our pockets and beat us. and lost all we have.
    saudi arabiya is a muslim nation, and this is the treatment for poor aliens, who work as labours and earn very little.

  23. I think Saudi Arabia is one of Islamic country,so it must not allowed to movi, however it rules are perfect for muslims,In my opinion saudi arabia should maitain this rules forever,because nowadays many countries lose islamic opportunities in their countries while they are islamic countries, Also,I wish you your success,I think better for muslims to follow their region when another cultures don’t enter in islamic society,whenewer western culture relationships participate with muslim society it would destroy its freedom of religon rules.

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