SPOTLIGHT August 2022: Haifaa Al Mansour, Saudi Filmmaker and Cultural Activist

Haifaa Al Mansour has a vision and an aesthetic as a filmmaker, to be sure, and she’s bringing it to screens big and small. That’s important, but even more important is the impact she’s having on women around the world. She wants to be inspiring, and she has already proven herself to be as such. Haifaa Al Mansour is an advocate who stands up for women. She has a unique and passionate voice, and we are all lucky she chose to share it with us.

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Filmmaker Nora Unkel on A NIGHTMARE WAKES and Mary Shelley – April Neale interviews (EXCLUSIVE)

A Nightmare Wakes presents a visual journey of Mary’s writing process, replete with demonic and disturbing visions and extraneous personal drama that adds to her overall melancholia. Director Nora Unkel reveals the nightmare that inspired Mary, a failed pregnancy; a complex love affair with Percy and a blending of her reality with dreamt possession and bloody imagery where we are unsure at times of what we are witnessing.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK May 25, 2018: MARY SHELLEY

motw logo 1-35Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour’s biopic about Frankenstein author Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin’s romance with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley — and her struggle to be recognized as a female author — is a compelling, atmospheric, truth-based tale of a truly gifted woman who courageously rebelled against the repressive customs of her day. Continue reading…

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