A woman has taken the top prize for best drama at the Saudi Film Festival, the chief juror announced Wednesday, according to AFP.
Hana al-Omair won the Golden Palm Tree trophy for her film, Complain, which according to Yahoo News, is “the story of a hospital worker who lodges a complaint against a colleague, an act symbolising everything wrong in her life.”
Another female filmmaker, Shahad Ameen, took the second prize in the drama catetgory for Eye & Mermaid.
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world to not allow women to drive, and women were only granted the right to vote this year. As the Washington Post pointed out, women also need permission from a “male guardian” to “travel, work, go to school, or get medical treatment.”
This is the second film festival in seven years, and movie theaters have not permitted in the kingdom since the 1980s. The jury had more than 60 entrants to choose from that included a student category, although there are also no film schools.
Abdullah al-Eyaf, the head of the festival jury, told the AFP the event was a “huge success” and there are plans to make it an annual event.