Haifaa Al Mansour was born in 1974 and is the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia. She finished her BA in Literature at the American University in Cairo and completed a Master’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Sydney. She began her film career with three shorts, followed by her award-winning documentary WOMEN WITHOUT SHADOWS. Whether through her short films or through her work in television and print media, Haifaa is famous for penetrating the wall of silence surrounding the sequestered lives of Saudi women and providing a platform for their unheard voices. Her films include: WHO? (short, 2003), BEREAVEMENT OF THE FLEDGLING (short, 2003), THE ONLY WAY OUT (short, 2004), WOMEN WITHOUT SHADOWS (doc, 2005), and WADJDA (2012).