100 most powerful Arab women 2013
Thu 28 Feb 2013 12:58 PM
Haifa Al Mansour

Haifa Al Mansour

Industry: Arts and entertainment

Designation: Filmmaker

Country: Saudi Arabia

Occupation: Filmmaker

Haifa Al Mansour’s movie, Wadjda, tells the story of a rebellious girl who dreams of owning a green bicycle. Al Mansour was forced to direct her first film from a van with a walkie-talkie in some areas where she could not be seen in public. Despite the fact that she was regularly heckled during filming, she felt the responsibility to tell a story often ignored by the world’s media. “I tried to be very close to my roots and show things that were very intimate about Saudi women away from what we see in the news,” she said.