The first film to be screened in Saudi Arabia after a 35-year ban on cinemas was 'The Emoji Movie'

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Well, it had to happen. We know that 200+ high ranking Saudis have been detained and $50 billion in assets seized. Some kind of societal overhaul is happening over there.  I wonder what is the cause? There has always been a running division amongst Saudi royalty. The powerful are Western educated and their religious beliefs are, err, moderate to say the least.  The royals being arrested seem to be those using religion to gain more power. This has been a major crutch for the moderates. To avoid this, they have focused on bringing about attitude changes first - hence the enormous women's university and similar projects. It seems like it might be working. Either this will blossom into a full-blown westernized country or we see a religious uprising and it'll all go to hell. Good luck to anyone living there.

[Reuters]

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