“Saudi Runaway,” which will premiere on Tuesday at the Berlin International Film Festival, chronicles the story of a brave young Saudi woman, Muna, who reckons with her upcoming arranged marriage and takes her fate into her own hands, although it’s risky.
The documentary directed by Susanne Regina Meures features never-seen-before views into Saudi Arabia’s patriarchal culture and her claustrophobic existence.
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“Muna is one of the strongest-willed and most courageous women I know,” Meures said. “Unprecedented, as a Saudi woman, Muna dares to speak up. She shares her pain and offers us a glimpse into a hidden world. Although the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is at the centre of world affairs, very few authentic images of life there exist.