Lifting decades-long bans on women driving and entering sports stadiums, Saudi Arabia is taking steps in the right direction. Easing up on more restrictions, the conservative kingdom is now allowing women to enjoy cinemas. 2,000 screens for the first time in 35 years to be exact.
“This marks a watershed moment in the development of the cultural economy in the kingdom. Opening cinemas will act as a catalyst for economic growth and diversification.” [said culture minister Awwad Alawwad.]
While the news is blowing citizens away, the Saudi government still has to consider whether or not to censor films. Segregation is also an issue that remains up in the air, as the change could be too sudden.
“It should be done very gradually. This is a new era for Saudi and a new step for us. This will show the world that we also have an artistic side. We have to keep progressing.”
In an era of social reform, Saudi Arabia can’t afford any mistakes. After all, freedom is a tricky thing.