The Perfect Candidate

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour Run Time: 104 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: Dae Al Hilali, Khalid Abdulraheem, Mila Al Zahrani, Nora Al Awad

Country: Saudi Arabia
Language: Arabic, English

About the film:

Official selection of Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and Venice International Film Festival.  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.

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