A determined young Saudi doctor’s surprise run for office in the local city elections sweeps up her family and community as they struggle to accept their town’s first female candidate.
Maryam is an ambitious young doctor working in a small town clinic in Saudi Arabia. Despite her qualifications, she has to earn the respect of male colleagues and acceptance from her patients every day.
After Maryam is prevented from traveling to Dubai in search of a better job, a bureaucratic mix up leads her to stumble on the application for her local city elections and she decides to run.
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 begin fundraising and planning campaign events.
While they face the restriction of women’s traditional roles in the Kingdom at every turn, Maryam’s audacious candidacy starts to build momentum and challenges her conservative community. She becomes a phenomenon, first via social media, than by appearing on an interview show and refusing to answer questions on “women‘s subjects” like gardens.
A tight race emerges between Maryam and her male opponent, and despite her father and her community’s struggle to accept her as their town’s first woman candidate, Maryam’s journey starts to become a symbol for a larger movement.
Oscar nominee (Wadjda) and Saudi Arabia’s first woman director Haifaa Al-Mansour, offers us a revealing look at the changing roles of women in Saudi Arabia. With spirit and authenticity, the film offers a rare glimpse into Saudi society.
Cast & Team
Director Haifaa Al-Mansour
WriterHaifaa Al-Mansour, Brad Niemann
Stars Mila Al Zahrani, Dae Al Hilali, Nora Al Awad
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