Cinema 500 km

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Cinema 500 km
Directed by Abdullah Al-Eyaf
Produced by Abdullah Al-Eyaf
Written by Abdullah Al-Eyaf
Starring Tariq Al-Husaini
Cinematography Abdullah Al-Eyaf
Edited by Abdullah Al-Eyaf
Hosam Al-Banna
Release date
  • 2006 (2006)
Running time
42 minutes
Country Saudi Arabia
Language Arabic

Cinema 500 km (Arabic: السينما 500 كم‎‎) is a 2006 Saudi Arabian documentary film and was directed by Abdullah Al-Eyaf. The film depicts the experiences of Tariq Al-Husaini, a 21-year-old Saudi movie fan despite no cinemas and are available only on home video in Saudi Arabia. Al-Husaini is shown applying for a passport and traveling 500 kilometers to Bahrain to see a movie in a cinema for the first time.

Abdullah Al-Eyaf secured permission from the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information to shoot this documentary. The film premiered at the Emirates Film Competition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2006 [1], but due to the lack of cinemas in Saudi Arabia there are no plans yet to show the film in its home country.

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