The house of Saud

The house of Saud

"La Maison des Saoud" by Jihan El Tahri retraces the history of Saudi Arabia through the reign of its five kings and allows us to understand the major themes that found the country's internal and international policy: Islam, oil, relations with the United States, the Palestinian question.

Franco-Egyptian journalist Jihan El Tahri obtained unpublished testimonies from key players: several princes who are speaking here for the first time, but also Henry Kissinger, Arthur Schlesinger, certain leaders of Aramco…

house of saud

Technical informations :

Documentary film of Jihan El Tahri.
Video Arte - 2004 Zone 2 / Coul. and b & w / Dolby Digital Stereo / 16/9 compatible 4/3 All audiences
VO: French
French subtitles
DVD duration: 185 mn.
Movie duration: 103 mn.


From the founder Ibn Séoud (1902-1953) to the current King Fahd, return to a century of history to understand the evolution of Saudi Arabia.

To understand Saudi Arabia, we have to go back to the beginning of this century when Abdel Aziz ibn Saud decided to set out to conquer the desert to recreate the kingdom of the Saud - a kingdom that had existed two centuries earlier before sinking into chaos . Very quickly, Abdel Aziz understood that, to exist, he had to get along with religious dignitaries. He defeated the first, the Ikhwans, and made a pact with the others, the Ulemas.

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The whole history of Saudi Arabia rests on this victory and this compromise. The Ulemas are still consulted today before each decision and the Ikhwans reappear at every critical moment in the life of the kingdom - the movement from which Osama bin Laden emerged.

But to understand Saudi Arabia, one must also understand its relations with the United States, which can be summed up in a simple equation: oil against protection. An agreement that will allow the four largest American oil companies grouped under the name of Aramco to settle in the 30s in the heart of the kingdom…


Six new scenes, edited and commented by the director (30 ′) - Le Dessous des Cartes, geopolitical magazine by Jean-Christophe Victor: The Arabian Peninsula, cradle of the Arab world and Islam (11 ′) and Saudi Arabia , a petromonarchy (11 ′) - Five musical themes from the film (30 ′)

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