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

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!

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