The Poetess (2017)

Directed by Andreas Wolff, Stefanie Brockhaus
Germany, Saudi Arabia | PG | Documentary | Arabic, English | 88
Venue: Warehouse421, Mina Zayed

The inspirational and uplifting story of Hissa Hilal, a Saudi Arabian housewife who entered a high-profile poetry competition on TV, ‘Million’s Poet’. It’s the Arab world’s biggest poetry competition and in a part of the world where poetry is very much a live and thriving art form, competition is intense. Facing down a barrage of predominantly male rivals, self-taught poet Hissa not only makes it through to the finals, but declaims a poem of female empowerment and emancipation.