Wadjda Wasn’t the First Feature Film Shot Entirely in Saudi Arabia:
There is this inaccurate “fact” going around, intentionally for publicity or not, regarding the recent Saudi film Wadjda as being the first ever feature film to be shot in Saudi Arabia. This is in fact is not correct. Since in 1980, a Saudi Action-Drama film titled “Appointement with the Unknown موعد مع المجهول" was produced and shot entirely in Al Riyadh, but never saw the light in Cinemas or Television due to its length. The film was around 3 hours, and was directed and written by Egyptian director Niyazi Ahmed, starring one of Saudi Arabia earliest actors Saad Khedir سعد خضر, in addition to a group of upcoming Saudi actors like Fawaz and Saleh al Zair. The film was produced by the Ministry of Interior, and these images seen here were only revealed in 2009 by Saad Khedir himself to Al-Jazira Newspaper (x).