Haifaa Al-Mansour: Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker

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Newstalk ZB,
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Sat, 25 Jul 2020, 11:17AM
Director Haifaa Al-Mansour CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES

Haifaa Al-Mansour: Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sat, 25 Jul 2020, 11:17AM

Haifaa Al-Mansour was the first Saudi Arabian woman to direct a feature film.

It’s pretty incredible that she has managed to do that when she’s from a country that severely limits the movement of women, and even more impressive when commercial cinemas weren’t even allowed to open in Saudi Arabia until two years ago.

She also made the first ever feature film to be made there by anyone, man or woman, 2017’s Wadjda.

Haifaa’s latest film is The Perfect Candidate, Which is part of the New Zealand International Film Festival.

Haifaa joins Jack Tame to talk about her extraordinary career.

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