Kingdom of Silence is a new documentary that explores the fraught relationship the U.S. has with Saudia Arabia as a backdrop to the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. It premieres Friday, October 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.
If you don’t have cable or don’t have Showtime, here’s how you can watch Kingdom of Silence streaming online for free:
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If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber or you start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, you can watch all live and on-demand Showtime content via the Showtime Channel, which comes with a free seven-day trial:
Once you’re signed up for both Amazon Prime and the Showtime channel, you can then watch Kingdom of Silence either live as it airs or on-demand anytime after.
For either option, you can watch on your computer via the Amazon website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone compatible), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or other streaming device via the Amazon Video app.
This is ultimately the same option as above, except you’ll watch on Showtime’s digital platforms instead of Amazon’s. Showtime’s streaming service, which includes all live and on-demand Showtime content, comes with a free 30-day trial:
Once you’re signed up for Showtime’s streaming service, you can watch Kingdom of Silence live or on-demand on your computer via the Showtime website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone compatible), tablet, Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV Stick, Xbox One, Smart TV, Facebook Portal TV or other compatible streaming device.
Showtime is available as an add-on to FuboTV’s main 100-plus-channel package. Both the main channel bundle and the Showtime add-on can be included in your free seven-day trial:
Once signed up, you can either watch Kingdom of Silence live, or you can watch on-demand anytime after. With either option, you can watch on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
Whether you already have Hulu or you want to sign up for a new subscription, Showtime is available as an add-on to either Hulu or Hulu with Live TV. If you’re a new subscriber, you can start a free 30-day trial of regular Hulu plus the Showtime add-on:
Once signed up for Hulu and the Showtime add-on, you can watch Kingdom of Silence live as it airs, or you can watch it on-demand anytime after.
You can watch on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 (on-demand only), Nintendo Switch, Echo Show or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
‘Kingdom of Silence’ Preview
Kingdom of Silence explores the complicated dynamic between the United States and Saudi Arabia as a backdrop to the 2018 murder of Washington Post journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi. The film is directed by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Rick Rowley and will premiere on the second anniversary of Khashoggi’s death. Oscar and Emmy award-winning director Alex Gibney is executive producing the film in collaboration with Emmy and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright.
With the killing of Khashoggi as a launching point, Kingdom of Silence will explore the history between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia in the decades leading up to today’s troubling interactions between the Trump administration and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. In the process, the film shines new light on Khashoggi’s remarkable journey – from the battlefields of Afghanistan to the halls of power in Riyadh and Washington, from the Arab Spring to the rise of Saudi Arabia’s new Crown Prince.
Rowley is an Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated director. His films have won Television Academy Honors, the DuPont-Columbia Award, a Peabody Nomination, and have been honored at festivals around the world. Gibney is a preeminent documentarian, with his projects earning an Academy Award, multiple Emmy Awards, a Grammy® Award, several Peabody Awards, the DuPont-Columbia Award, and Writers Guild Awards. Gibney was awarded the International Documentary Association (IDA) Career Achievement Award in 2013 and the first-ever Christopher Hitchens Prize in 2015. Wright is an acclaimed author and staff writer at the New Yorker and was awarded the Pulitzer for his book “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.” Gibney and Wright previously collaborated on the Emmy-nominated series The Looming Tower and the three-time Emmy-winning documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, based on Wright’s book “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief.”
In a review of the documentary, the Washington Post’s Michael O’Sullivan writes that Kingdom of Silence is “most alarming in its implications about the United States, however, and not the Saudis. The clear message is that we, as a country, have prioritized our strategic and financial relationship with an authoritarian regime “one step below a theocracy,” as one interview subject puts it, over all else, including grotesque human rights violations.
Kingdom of Silence premieres Friday, October 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.
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