The Perfect Candidate


Tue, 11/16/2021 - 6:30pm


Film Screening

Movie poster reading "The Perfect Candidate: a film by Haifaa al-Mansour". A woman in a black niqab is looking to the left while holding car keys.

"Maryam is conservative culturally (her niqab is frequently on) but openly ambitious about her career. Yet when patriarchal rules prevent her from fixing a travel snafu in time to make a flight for a key Dubai conference that could land her a big job, she redirects her energies into a city council run with the help of her media- and image-savvy sisters Selma (Dhay) and Sara (Noura Al Awad). Her single issue: a long-unpaved road hampering access to the rural hospital where she works. The larger issue: being accepted as a serious mainstream candidate when such campaigns are viewed primarily as a gender stunt rather than a sincere bid for leadership."

Watch the trailer

Presenter: TBD
Director: Haifaa al-Mansour
Language: Arabic (with English subtitles)
Length: 105 minutes
This event will be on Zoom and is limited by the distributor to 50 registrants. Registration link: A reply email confirming your registration (or placement on an alternate list) and the event link will be sent as soon as possible during business hours.
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