A steadfast young doctor’s run for city council sweeps up her family and community as they struggle to accept their town’s first female candidate in Haifaa Al Mansour’s (WADJDA) revealing look at the changing roles of women in Saudi Arabia.

Perfect Candidate, The

Drama | Foreign | 2021


Mila Alzahrani, Dhay, Khalid Abdulrhim


When Maryam, a hardworking young doctor in a small-town clinic, is prevented from flying to Dubai for a conference without a male guardian’s approval, she seeks help from a politically connected cousin but inadvertently registers as a candidate for the municipal council. Maryam sees the election as a way to fix the muddy road in front of her clinic, but her campaign slowly garners broader appeal.


Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner, Haifaa Al Mansour, Brad Neimann


Haifaa Al Mansour