Industry: Arts & Entertainment
Designation: Film producer
Country: Saudi Arabia
Filmmaker Haifa Al Mansour’s movie, Wadjda, tells the story of a rebellious ten-year-old girl who dreams of owning a green bicycle.
Filmed in Saudi Arabia, Al Mansour was forced to direct her first feature film from a van with a walkie-talkie in some areas where she could not be seen in public with her male colleagues. Despite the challenges Al Mansour faced – she was regularly heckled during filming – she felt the responsibility to tell a story often ignored by the world’s media. “For me it was very important to maintain an authentic voice and I tried also 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 recently said.