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Your guide to production in Saudi Arabia

Insider knowledge, essential details, and first-hand tips on filming in Saudi Arabia.

Filmed in Saudi Arabia

  • Malcolm X is a 1992 American biographical drama film about the Afro-American activist Malcolm X. Malcolm X is the first non-documentary, and the first American film, to be given permission to film in Mecca (or within the Haram Sharif).
  • Wadjda is a 2012 Saudi Arabian–German film, written and directed by Haifaa al-Mansour. Wadjda was filmed on the streets of Riyadh.
  • Journey to Mecca: In the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta is an IMAX ("giant screen") dramatised documentary film charting the first real-life journey made by the Islamic scholar Ibn Battuta from his native Morocco to Mecca for the Hajj (Muslim pilgrimage), in 1325.
  • Samsara is a 2011 non-narrative documentary film, directed by Ron Fricke and produced by Mark Magidson. The crew filmed from a bird's-eye view a scene of pilgrims surrounding the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
  • A Hologram for the King is a 2016 German-American comedy drama film directed and written by Tom Tykwer, based on the 2012 novel of the same name written by Dave Eggers. Scenes were filmed on location in Saudi Arabia.
  • Baraka is a 1992 non-narrative documentary film directed by Ron Fricke. The movie was filmed at 152 locations in 23 countries. Some locations include: Nepal, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Ecuador, Egypt, France, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Israel, Kenya, Kuwait, Nepal, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United States and Vatican City.

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