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Departures

Film on extremism wins at Saudi festival

DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia: A short film that tackles extremism has won the top prize at the Saudi Film Festival, organisers said Sunday, in an ultra-conservative kingdom that continues to ban public cinemas. "Departures", directed by Abdulaziz al-Shalahei, won the golden palm award at the fourth edition of the festival, which featured 58 homegrown films including 12 directed by women. "The festival is growing as the level of films is improving," its director Ahmed al-Mulla said, adding that several contenders this year…