Haifaa Al Mansour is the first female film director to emerge from Saudi Arabia. Her debut, Wadjda, won her many admirers for its positive, upbeat take on life for young women in a conservative Islamist world. In her fourth feature Al Mansour is back in Saudi Arabia and Maryam is at the heart of the story. She is a doctor who is frustrated by the embedded sexism in her patriarchal society. Determined not to be put off she puts herself forward as a candidate in local elections. It takes a lot for her campaign to break through. A gentle critique of Saudi society with a lovely background of traditional Arabic music.
This screening is programmed by Buxton Film and features no trailers.
Cast: Nora Al Awadh, Dae Al Hilali, Mila Al Zahrani
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour