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TFF - The Perfect Candidate UNCL 15+

Oscar nominee and Saudi Arabia's first woman director Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda SFF 2012), brings a revealing look at the changing roles of women in Saudi Arabia. Maryam is a doctor in a Saudi hospital, the only one in town with emergency facilities. Despite her qualifications, she struggles to to earn the respect of male colleagues and patients every day. After Maryam is prevented from travelling to Dubai in search of a better job, a bureaucratic mixup leads her to run for the local elections. With her musician father away on tour, playing the first public concerts allowed in the Kingdom in decades, Maryam enlists her two younger sisters to plan her campaign. She becomes a phenomenon, first via social media, than by appearing on an interview show and refusing to answer questions on so-called “women‘s subjects”. Despite, her father and her community's struggle to accept her as their town's first woman candidate, Maryam's journey becomes a symbol for a larger movement. Screening with THE PERFECT CANDIDATE is short film OBSCURA: An imaginative stop-motion animation that looks inside our cameras at the creatures within, who are living lives defined by what they see through the lens.
Release Date:

03/12/2020

Running Time:

113 mins

Director

Haifaa Al-Mansour

Director

Haifaa Al-Mansour

Synopsis

Oscar nominee and Saudi Arabia's first woman director Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda SFF 2012), brings a revealing look at the changing roles of women in Saudi Arabia. Maryam is a doctor in a Saudi hospital, the only one in town with emergency facilities. Despite her qualifications, she struggles to to earn the respect of male colleagues and patients every day. After Maryam is prevented from travelling to Dubai in search of a better job, a bureaucratic mixup leads her to run for the local elections. With her musician father away on tour, playing the first public concerts allowed in the Kingdom in decades, Maryam enlists her two younger sisters to plan her campaign. She becomes a phenomenon, first via social media, than by appearing on an interview show and refusing to answer questions on so-called “women‘s subjects”. Despite, her father and her community's struggle to accept her as their town's first woman candidate, Maryam's journey becomes a symbol for a larger movement. Screening with THE PERFECT CANDIDATE is short film OBSCURA: An imaginative stop-motion animation that looks inside our cameras at the creatures within, who are living lives defined by what they see through the lens.

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