Saudi General Culture Authority takes part in Malmo Arab Film Festival

Updated 11 October 2018
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Saudi General Culture Authority takes part in Malmo Arab Film Festival

  • The festival featured a special celebration of the Kingdom’s film industry, with a showing of 10 Saudi films

JEDDAH: The General Culture Authority (GCA), represented by the Saudi Film Council, participated in the eighth edition of the Malmo Arab Film Festival, which was held from Oct. 5 to 9 in Sweden.

The festival featured a special celebration of the Kingdom’s film industry, with a showing of 10 Saudi films. 

“Wasati,” directed by Ali Kalthami, “The Bliss of Being No One,” directed by Badr Al-Homoud, and “Aatour,” directed by Hussein Al-Mutlaq, participated in the festival’s official competition. 

Effat University participated with seven films and discussion panels attended by its best female students.

The festival program featured meetings between Saudi Film Council CEO Faisal Baltyour and the heads of the Swedish Film Institute and some of the festival’s eminent guests. 

These meetings discussed the Saudi film industry and the opportunities it has to offer investors. 


Trump: Saudi arrests in Khashoggi death ‘a good first step’

Updated 53 min 41 sec ago
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Trump: Saudi arrests in Khashoggi death ‘a good first step’

  • Trump said that Saudi Arabia has been a great ally
  • The president said he wanted to talk to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on what to do next

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona: US President Donald Trump on Friday called Saudi Arabia's announcement that suspects are in custody in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a "good first step" and said he would work with Congress on a US response.

The president spoke to the media at a defense roundtable in Arizona hours after Saudi Arabia claimed that Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor last seen on Oct. 2, was killed in a "fistfight" at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The kingdom also said that 18 suspects were in custody and that intelligence officials had been fired.

Asked by a reporter whether he thought Saudi Arabia's explanation for Khashoggi's death was credible, Trump said, "I do. I do." But he said before he decided what to do next, he wanted to talk to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"Saudi Arabia has been a great ally, but what happened is unacceptable," Trump said. Regarding the Saudi arrests, he said, "It's a big first step. It's only a first step, but it's a big first step."