FROM Haiffa Al-Mansour
Behind the Scene's of 'Wadjda,' Saudi Arabia's First Feature Film Remarkably, in a culture which segregates women, the first feature film ever shot entirely in Saudi Arabia was directed by a woman. Wadjda is the story of a 10-year old tomboy in Ryadh, Saudia Arabia. She longs for a bicycle, but it's not permitted. The film is now playing in selected American theaters. Even making it was a challenge. Director Haiffa Al-Mansour spoke with Kim Masters, host of KCRW's weekly show The Business .
Haiffa Al-Mansour Haiffa Al-Mansour is a Saudi Arabian female filmmaker -- a surprising feat in a country that has banned movie theaters and has restrictive views of women. Al-Mansour's Wadjda is not only the first film to be entirely shot in Saudi Arabia, it's become that country's first entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. Al-Mansour talks about her unlikely story of becoming a filmmaker and making Wadjda. Photo by Tobias Kownatzki © Razor Film Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?