Program
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
2019
Saudi Arabia, Germany
104 minutes
Unclassified 15+

“stirring and poignant” (The Guardian)

Maryam is a modern young woman, a doctor who drives a car (no small thing in Saudi Arabia) and who is sick of the state of the road outside her clinic. Her decision to stand for the local council calls for immense reserves of courage and perseverance. It also brings out the harsh but sometimes hilarious contradictions at the heart of the Kingdom: a campaign video in which she appears completely obscured, a fashion parade in which every garment is full-length black. Maryam’s awakening sense of self-respect and defiance is truly inspiring. Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda), Saudi’s first woman film director, this is a film whose urgency and strength is belied by its infectious energy and good humour.

“galvanising…deeply thrilling” (London Times)

“A gently courageous piece of Arab cinema” (Sunday Independent)

Film Type Feature Fiction
Program Strand Feature Fiction Competition
Language Arabic
Subtitles English
Director Haifaa Al-Mansour
Producer Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner, Haifaa Al-Mansour, Brad Niemann
Screenwriters Haifaa Al-Mansour, Brad Niemann
Cinematographer Patrick Orth
Editor Andreas Wodraschke
Music Volker Bertelmann
Cast Mila Al Zahrani
Accolades Venice, 2019; London, 2019
Genre Dramedy, Social Issue, Women