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In Saudi Arabia for the first time in 35 years showed a movie. But this is the “Emoji film”

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Saudi Arabia for the first time since the 80-ies of the last century allowed apublic display of films in the cinema. In the city of Djinn in the framework of the Festival of Children’s and Family Films, several days show animated films, including “Emodzhi film”, recognized as the worst film of 2017.

The decision to lift the ban on showing films was made in December, but the first session was only in early January 2018. Together with the “Emoji film” the audience was shown the cartoon “Captain Piston”. It is not known whether they liked these paintings first.

For the sessions had to erect a temporary screen in the cultural center, as in Saudi Arabia there are no cinemas. The first will open in March, and by 2030 they plan to make 300 cinemas. Despite the lifting of the ban, the Saudi authorities will continue to censor western films.

“Emoji film” – the worst movie of 2017 by critics: he has 12 points out of 100 on Metacritic. During the summer premiere, they called the film “a film from nothing”, “an endless commercial” and “cynicism at all levels.”

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