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Film Available to Stream

Fri, Apr 9 at 12:01 am – Sun, Apr 18 at 11:59 pm PST


Saudi Arabia has one of the least satisfactory records with respect to women’s rights, but Haifaa al-Mansour’s latest drama reminds us that great change often happens in incremental steps. Eminently capable physician Dr. Maryam is frustrated by resources and attitudes that she faces daily in her clinic, so when a bureaucratic situation presents the opportunity to run for local office, she signs on. Though there is anger and pointed commentary in the story, the film is buoyant and hopeful as Maryam figures out how to respond to obstacles put in her way.
*Part of the 2020 Flashback Spotlight

Director Haifaa al-Mansour

Haifaa al-Mansour is Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker. She began her career making shorts before making first a documentary, Women Without Shadows (2005), about the role of women in Saudi society, and then a narrative, Wadjda (2012). Her other films include Mary Shelley (2018) and Nappily Ever After (2018).

Film Details

Language Arabic

Year 2019

Premiere California

Runtime 105

Country Saudi Arabia/Germany

Director Haifaa al-Mansour

Producer Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner, Haifaa al-Mansour, Brad Niemann

Writer Haifaa al-Mansour, Brad Niemann

Editor Andreas Wodraschke

Cinematographer Patrick Orth

Music Volker Bertelmann

Cast Mila Alzahrani, Dhay, Nourah Al Awad