Over the past decade, we have seen homegrown, talented Saudi filmmakers push societal boundaries and create some of the best movies to date. Each movie explores the story of young adults finding their voices - from the story of a lonely man who works as a security guard in a morgue to that of a young girl Sarah dares to dream of becoming a professional soccer player.
These movies will hopefully inspire your inner badass and/or keep you occupied for the next few days.
1. The Corporation
If you love a movie that combines formal interviews as well as re-enactments, then The Corporation is about to be your favourite movie. The movie tells the story of a married couple who have been married for 40 years. In the movie, the couple talks about their experiences through each stage of marriage - beginning with the proposal, through to courtship, wedding preparation, wedding night and everything in between.
The story about a man who guards a morgue in Saudi, one day amidst his lonely daily routine, his life is altered for 10 minutes, which brings about a significant change for him.
3. The Arabia Warrior
Directed by Aymen Khoja, he tells the story of the struggles of a young Saudi who, having studied at America's university and excelled in soccer, is torn between his father's values and the independence he witnessed in the United States.
4. The Great Muse
This movie tells the story of a high school graduate who is under pressure to make a University choice. He decides to explore the city of Saudi to find answers for himself as he hopes to make the right decision.
Sarah dares to dream and follow her passion of becoming a football player even though Saudi's conservative culture sees certain sports as "male sports". Will she challenge the society and pursue her passion? Well, you have to watch the movie to see what happens.
6. Masameer the Movie
The animated mini-series tells the story of Dana, a Saudi girl who is passionate about robots and artificial intelligence. She decided to embark on a journey to change the world using robotics.
7. Barakah Meets Barakah
An interesting watch which tells a love story between a man from a middle-class family who falls in love with a girl from a wealthy family and begin a romance in a country that frowns upon it.