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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
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).
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