The Perfect Candidate
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Director: Haifaa Al Mansour
Cast: Nora Al Awadh, Dae Al Hilali, Mila Al Zahrani, Khalid Abdulrhim
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Women and Film, Politics & World Affairs, Greg's List
Distributor: Music Box Films
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. She initially sees the election as a way to fix the muddy road in front of her clinic, but her campaign gradually garners broader appeal.
"Fiery and headstrong...instantly gets you on its side." -Xan Brooks, Guardian