Inside the Saudi Kingdom
English | 558 minutes | 720×400 | DivX | MP3 - 128kbps | 458 MB
Lionel Mill presents an insight into the life of Prince Saud bin abdul Mohsen, one of the members of the secretive Saudi royal family, examining the conflict between tradition and modernity in one of the world's most autocratic countries.
After seven years negotiation Mill films the life of a Saudi Arabian prince, and the result, even superficial and sanitised as it has to be, is revealing. Though he follows the comparatively urbane Prince Saud bin Abdul Mohsen, Mill paints a picture of a way of ruling (tribal, religious, monarchistic, entirely male) that to a Western viewer seems old-fashioned almost to the point of absurdity. "The West do not understand," is the gist of Prince Saud's comments on camera, and he's right. You can almost smell the stultifying effects of prejudice and self-satisfaction in every scene, though there are beauties to the ancient way of life, too. How long it can last in the face of global change is another matter.