THE PERFECT CANDIDATE (2020)

  • Drama
  • 1h 41m

Showtime:
Friday, October 16 at 3:00pm
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Maryam, a determined young doctor, decides to run for city council after the male incumbent repeatedly ignores her request to fix the muddy, often impassable, road leading to her small-town clinic. Maryam’s decision to enter the political arena is further solidified when she misses a medical conference because she’s unable to renew her travel permit. As a single woman, she requires the permission of her father, who’s on tour with his musical group. Maryam is well aware of the uphill battle she faces in running for political office. At the clinic, some male patients still refuse to be treated by a female doctor. Maryam gathers the courage to announce her candidacy and is off and running. While her father and others in her community have difficulty accepting her as their town’s first female candidate, Maryam’s creative and ambitious campaign builds momentum, becoming a symbol for a larger movement. Saudi Director Haifaa Al Mansour (Wadjda, Mary Shelley) has crafted a moving film about the changing roles of women in Saudi Arabia – and one woman’s courageous decision to challenge the patriarchal system.

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