Haifaa al-Mansour

Saudi Arabian film director

Haifaa al-Mansour (born 10 August 1974) is the first female Saudi Arabian director and filmmaker

Haifaa al-Mansour


  • I try to be respectful of the culture. I try to tell a story and maintain my voice as empowering women, but I tell it softly. I'm not a person who is like a radical or something like that and I don't try to clash with the culture. I try to tell an intimate story and bring people and hopefully change their perspective on film and they see film puts a human face on the culture rather than like expose it.

  • Coming from that small town and watching films made me like travel in my space and appreciate being part of a bigger world and exercise emotions that you don't get to exercise when you are coming from a small town.

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