Published September 25, 2013
Two new independent films, one by Afghan director Atiq Rahimi, and another by the first female Saudi filmmaker, Haifaa al-Mansour, shed light on gender relations in two traditional societies. Rahimi’s film unravels in a fantastical country based on war-torn Afghanistan. The other takes place in Saudi Arabia. Though very different in style and treatment, both films zoom in on a woman's world and perceptions in gender segregated societies. VOA's Penelope Poulou has more.