Haifaa Al-Mansour’s ‘Miss Camel’ Wins Award at DIFF

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Dubai: Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour’s female empowerment feature “Miss Camel” won the IWC Filmmaker Award worth $100,000, during the Dubai International Film Festival. A jury headed by Cate Blanchett selected “Miss Camel” as the winner among four Arab projects. “Miss Camel” is about a Saudi teen named Hayla “who will do anything to escape her arranged marriage and fulfil her goal of attending art school outside of Saudi Arabia,” according to its synopsis. While scheming to make her way to the in-person interviews for the art college in a neighboring Gulf state, Hayla makes a startling discovery at her cousin’s wedding ““ she can talk to animals!