THE PERFECT CANDIDATE
NOMINATED: BEST FILM, VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2019
SELECTED: LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2019
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 woman candidate.
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 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 mix-up leads her to run for the local elections.
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.
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