Munukeer (Manicure) is a Saud Arabian short film from 2015, presented in the Cannes Short Film Catalogue this year, here’s our interview with the director Maram Taibah.
What is your film about? What are the main topics raised by the story?
This film is about the struggle of a young woman in 1970’s Saudi Arabia to bring the spark back into a dying marriage. Her plans for a romantic trip to Cairo with her husband are faced with mishaps that lead her to making a difficult decision about their relationship.
This film sheds light on the limited choices that women had/have in Saudi Arabia in a society that does not honor the emotional needs of women. I was moved by the stories of the women I know and love, who have had to make the tough choice to stay in a dead marriage out of duty or for fear of the censure or isolation that come from being a divorcee.
Who is the target audience of your film?
This film is a universal story, specific to Saudi only in some cultural nuances. This film is for women everywhere who felt repressed in a relationship that no longer served them.
Why did you decided to submit your short film to the Short Film Corner?
My film was submitted by the Dubai Film Festival after it had been screened there, and I am happy about the opportunity to have it exposed in Cannes.
You can find the growing list of interviews of the Short Film Q&A from Cannes, here: http://www.daazo.com/cannes2016qa/info