Still from Haifaa Al-Mansour's film 'Wadjda'
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Female Saudi director: 'I had to direct from a van'

A new film giving a glimpse of Saudi Arabia has been made by a woman director and its lead character is a 10-year-old girl.

Director Haifaa Al-Mansour had challenges directing in a country where women cannot drive, are severely restricted in what they can wear in public, and need a male chaperone to travel.

She told BBC News she had to direct the film from inside a van.

  • 11 Mar 2013