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Miss Camel

Fall Grant 2015 - Development Stage
Current project status: DEVELOPMENT

Haifaa Al Mansour / Feature Narrative / Saudi Arabia, Qatar / 90 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Animation

Synopsis

Melwah, a teenage camel, lives under the strict supervision of her father, and hangs out with her best friend, a donkey named Rakhsh. When Melwah’s conceited arch-rival Al Rahila mocks Rakhsh while bragging about participating in the upcoming Miss Camel beauty pageant, Melwah stands up for her friend and vows to appear in the competition herself. So begins an adventure in which the young camel must rely on her dignity and determination. In the end, Melwah is triumphant – not as the winner of the beauty pageant, but as the fastest camel in the region.

Credits

Director
Haifaa Al Mansour
Screenwriter
Haifaa Al Mansour, Brad Niemann
Producer
Haifaa Al Mansour

About the Director

Haifaa Al-Mansour is Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker and is regarded as one of the most significant figures in cinema in the Kingdom. She studied Literature at the American University in Cairo and completed a Master’s degree in Directing and Film Studies at the University of Sydney. The success of her three short films, her award-winning documentary ‘Women Without Shadows,’ (2005) and her first feature-length film ‘Wadjda’ (2012) influenced a new wave of Saudi filmmakers and made the issue of opening cinemas in the Kingdom a front-page discussion. Through her films and her work in television and print media, Al-Mansour is well known for penetrating the wall of silence surrounding the lives of Saudi women.

Production Company Profile

Razor Film was founded in 2002 by Gerhard Meixner and Roman Paul to produce national and international feature films, from art-house to crossover. The company focuses on new talent and high-quality work. To date, Razor’s productions have won two Golden Globes, were twice nominated for Academy Awards, and have had their premieres and won award at major film festivals worldwide.

Contacts

  • Main Contact

    Haifaa Al Mansour

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    Email: 
    haifaa.almansour@gmail.com

  • Production Company

    Razor Film

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    Razor Film

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