The Poetess



Documentary (2017)
90mins Ger/UAE

Director: Andreas Wolff, Stefanie Brockhaus
Writer(s): Andreas Wolff, Stefanie Brockhaus
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

A revealing documentary that goes behind the scenes of the hugely popular pan-Arab reality TV show Million's Poet, following female contestant Hissa Hilal, who dares to challenge the status quo with her words. Hilal is a self-taught writer, who lives with her husband - a fellow poet - and four children in Riyadh. She persuades her husband to allow her to audition for the fourth series of Million's Poet and prepares to air her verse as the sole woman wearing traditional black abaya and niqab.

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