Maryam is an ambitious young doctor working in a small town clinic in Saudi Arabia. After she is prevented from traveling to Dubai in search of a better job, a bureaucratic mixup leads her to stumble on the application for her local city elections and she decides to run. She enlists her two younger sisters and while they face the restriction of women’s traditional roles in the Kingdom at every turn, Maryam’s audacious candidacy starts to build momentum and challenges her conservative community.
Haifaa al-Mansour is from Al-Hasa, Saudi Arabia, and studied film direction at the University of Sydney. Her features include Wadjda (2012) and Mary Shelley (2017), which played at TIFF. The Perfect Candidate (2019) is her latest film.