Three years after cinemas reopened in Saudi Arabia for the first time in a generation, the biggest challenge to the thriving movie industry is funding, the head of the new Saudi Cinema Association says.
Hana Al-Omair was named chairwoman of the association after it was registered by ministerial decree on August 22.
In an interview with Al-Fanar Media, she described her appointment as “a reward for my previous efforts for years to develop this sector.” She added: “We were fighting tooth and nail when society viewed us as crazy people.”
Al-Omair began work as a screenplay writer in 2008, 25 years after the Saudi government closed cinemas throughout the country. But the ban did not apply to private showings and production.
That year, she won the award for best script at the Saudi Film Festival for “Hadaf” (“Goal”), about a girl who dreams of becoming a professional soccer player.