Recommended for GCSE and A Level and equivalent level Arabic
This year in response to the pandemic our study sessions are taking place online. You will need to register your school with Into Film in order to be able to watch the film in advance of the study session. Being an Into Film club member will also bring other benefits such as access to many films and free online resources.
A week before the online workshop you will receive a pre-screening resource via email created by our tutor and will have received a DVD of the film from Into Film.
Arabic GCSE and A Level Study Session
Online workshop: Thu 11 Mar 2021, 14:00 – 15:15
Pre-screening resource email: Arriving on 4 Mar 2021
DVD from Into Film: Arriving before 4 Mar 2021
Booking deadline: 25 Feb 2021
Pre-screening resource: Salwa Mohamed’s pre-screening resource will be a series of PowerPoint slides which will introduce the film. This will provide key Arabic phrases and vocab and contextual information about the role of women in the Arab world, common stereotypes, and regional differences.
Film: The Perfect Candidate (PG)
Dir: Haifaa Al-Mansour/Saudi Arabia 2019
104mins/Arabic with English Subtitles
Khalid Abdulraheem / Shafi Alharthy / Nora Al Awadh
The Perfect Candidate is an examination of the changing nature of gender and politics in the modern-day Middle East through the story of Maryam a Saudi doctor.
Feeling demoralised and discriminated against after several setbacks including an injured patient refusing to be treated by a female doctor and being refused permission to board a plane, Maryam decides to fight back by becoming the town’s first female candidate in local elections. At first, she does so only to raise attention to the struggles she’s experienced, but her campaign begins to gain momentum.
Online workshop: This workshop, led by Salwa Mohamed, Lector of Arabic, Manchester Metropolitan University, will explore common challenges that Arab women face in their societies, factors that contribute to that as well as prevailing stereotypes. The session will also explore regional differences, including some of the progresses and contributions Arab women made in different fields.