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After her debut feature Wadjda (2012) broke new ground as the first-ever film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia — and the first made by a Saudi woman — director Haifaa Al-Mansour returns to the kingdom with The Perfect Candidate, a tale of one woman's quest to challenge not only the system but also herself. Maryam is frustrated after being turned back at the airport because her travel permission from her male guardian is not up to date. She then embarks on an absurd campaign that juggles strict social norms, gender segregation and the influence of her eccentric family.

This incredible, uplifting film was due to be released in cinemas including Sheffield's Showroom before things were disrupted by the lockdown. You can now rent it online directly from its distributor Modern Films for around the price of a cinema ticket. And, the best part, you can nominate to send some of the proceeds in the direction of an independent cinema of your choice – i.e. the Showroom!

Rent The Perfect Candidate online.

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A conversation with For Sama directors Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts and protagonist Hamza al-Kateab, hosted by TV's Jon Snow. Told as a message from a young Syrian mother to her daughter, For Sama traces Waad's life through the uprising in Aleppo.

Films from previous Doc/Fest editions

Thu. 6 June 2019 — Thu. 24 June 2021

In the spirit of togetherness, the team at Sheffield Doc/Fest have put together a list of documentary films screened at previous editions of the festival, which are now available to watch online.

A Conversation with Ai Weiwei

Artist and activist Ai Weiwei in conversation at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 following the screening of his film The Rest, about refugees who fled war and persecution and arrived in Europe yet have not found the safe havens of their dreams.

Seahorse: A Conversation with Jeanie Finlay and Freddy McConnell

Seahorse follows Freddy, a gay transgender man, in his quest to carry his own baby. Stream Freddy and the documentary's director Jeanie Finlay in conversation, filmed at Doc/Fest 2019.