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In pictures: Saudi Film Festival kicks off in Dhahran

58 homegrown cinematic works to be screened in the ultra-conservative kingdom that continues to ban public cinemas

In pictures: Saudi Film Festival kicks off in Dhahran
The fourth edition of the festival had been slated to run from March 23-28 in the Gulf coastal city of Dhahran, but it was pushed back due to stormy weather. (Image: Twitter/SA_FilmFestival)
In pictures: Saudi Film Festival kicks off in Dhahran
General view of the opening ceremony of the fourth Saudi Film Festival. This year's festival is the first since the kingdom began last year a cautious push to introduce entertainment, despite opposition from Muslim hardliners. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Saudi Film Festival kicks off in Dhahran
This is the third consecutive annual film festival in Saudi Arabia after a hiatus of seven years. (Image: Twitter/SA_FilmFestival)
In pictures: Saudi Film Festival kicks off in Dhahran
Saudi actor Saed Khader (C) waves his honour award for his achievements at the opening ceremony of the fourth Saudi Film Festival held in Dammam City, 400 kilometres east from Saudi capital Riyadh. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Saudi Film Festival kicks off in Dhahran
It is scheduled to open with a drama that resonates, as the kingdom's tentative efforts to expand entertainment face resistance from conservatives. (Image: Twitter/SA_FilmFestival)
In pictures: Saudi Film Festival kicks off in Dhahran
Saudi film directors, actors and actresses pose with their awards during the opening ceremony of the fourth Saudi Film Festival held in Dammam City, 400 kilometres east from Saudi capital Riyadh. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Saudi Film Festival kicks off in Dhahran
(Image: Twitter/SA_FilmFestival)
In pictures: Saudi Film Festival kicks off in Dhahran
Saudi actors posing before the opening ceremony of the fourth Saudi Film Festival held in Dammam City, 400 kilometers east from Saudi capital Riyadh. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Saudi Film Festival kicks off in Dhahran
Saudi Arabia late last year began a cautious push to introduce entertainment, despite opposition from Muslim hardliners. (Image: Twitter/SA_FilmFestival)