Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Saudi Runaway

Year: 2020
Language: Arab
Run Time: 88 minutes

Saudi Runaway

In the city of Jeddah, 26-year-old Muna feels stifled by the strict laws and customs controlling the women of her country—customs that force her to live a life regulated by her father, whose authority will soon be transferred to her future husband. With her fiancé promising to uphold the same traditions, the fear of her impending arranged marriage drives Muna to plan an escape. SAUDI RUNAWAY captures a heralding journey of a woman’s defiant rebuke, taking a look behind the burqa with rare and raw glimpses into the restrictive societal and domestic life of Saudi Arabian women. Primarily shot on a cell phone, watch nail-biting scenes as Muna risks her life to film personal reflections and catalog her escape attempt. Close calls will keep you on the edge of your seat, questioning if the risk is worth the reward. However, Muna’s account reminds us there are times when the sacrifice of one is necessary to reveal the harsh treatment of many. (In Arabic with subtitles) — R.R.

CIFF44 Screenings

Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 5:15 PM

Friday, April 03, 2020 at 8:35 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Voices of the Arab World
Women of the World

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition


Susanne Regina Meures

Christian Frei


Christian Frei

Film Contact
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