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Showtime sets October premiere for Rick Rowley’s “Kingdom of Silence”

Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Rick Rowley’s feature-length documentary Kingdom of Silence will receive its television debut when it airs across ViacomCBS-owned network Showtime in early October. As previously announced, the film will explore the ...
September 3, 2020

Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Rick Rowley’s feature-length documentary Kingdom of Silence will receive its television debut when it airs across ViacomCBS-owned network Showtime in early October.

As previously announced, the film will explore the complexities in the history between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, as well as the recent interactions between the Trump administration and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The film will additionally shed new light on the October 2018 murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was disappeared inside of a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

Originally titled The House of Saud, the project also marks the third collaboration between prolific documentary director and producer Alex Gibney, who serves as executive producer for Kingdom of Silence, and author Lawrence Wright. Previous collaborations included The Looming Tower for Hulu, based on Wright’s 2007 book, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11; and Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, also based on a book from Wright.

Executive producers on the film include Stacey Offman, Richard Perello, Gibney and Wright.

Samuel Black and Trevor Davidoski produce for Jigsaw Productions.

Kingdom of Silence premieres on the second anniversary of Khashoggi’s death on Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT via Showtime.

Check out a trailer below:

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