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Women of the Holy Kingdom  2004

Directed by Sharmeen Obaid
Produced by Maiken Baird
Production Company New York Times Television
Distributed by The Discovery Times Channel, New York Times Television

Women of the Holy Kingdom provides a rare glimpse inside the guarded nation of Saudi Arabia and the ongoing controversial way women are treated there. Despite the recent decision to allow women to vote, Saudi Arabia has remained notorious for its political and social oppression of women within its restrictive society. As the first Western women permitted to film in the country with Saudi women, director Sharmeen Obaid’s unprecedented access provides a unique and compelling perspective on the internal debate in Saudi society.

“Reform may be in the air in Saudi Arabia, yet as Pakistani filmmaker Sharmen Obaid discovered on a recent trip to the kingdom, reform there is a relative term.”
The Wall Street Journal