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Saudi Arabia's first female film-maker

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Women in Saudi Arabia cannot drive, vote or work with men but one woman has become the country's first film-maker to direct a film in her homeland.

Haifa al Mansour has made a film - titled Wadjda - that has received critical acclaim around the world but cannot actually be shown in Saudi Arabia because there are no cinemas and few films are given a public showing.

When al Mansour was growing up in a small town in Saudi Arabia, she dreamed of making films but thought it would never happen in a country where women are restricted in the jobs they can choose.

Luckily for her, she says, her father believed that despite her gender she could achieve anything she wanted: "He was really proud and wanted to support me and let me do whatever I wanted to do."

In conservative areas, she explained, "people are not used to seeing women working with men."

"I had to direct from a van… it was difficult."


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