The Perfect Candidate

105 mins.
Directed by Haifaa Al Mansour
Arabic with English Subtitles
2021

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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.

Maryam sees the election as a way to fix the muddy road in front of her clinic, but her campaign slowly garners broader appeal.


“Eye-opening... a feel-good Middle East tale with an irresistible heroine.” Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“THE PERFECT CANDIDATE, co-written and directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour (WADJDA, NAPPILY EVER AFTER), is as much a family drama as it is a parable of feminist activism — and is all the better for it.” Glenn Kenny, New York Times