No One Will Give You Change

Haifaa Al-Mansour

Like Comment

Inspirational Leadership Quotes - Haifaa al-Mansour: "No one will give you change. You have to work for it. You have to earn it not by screaming, but by working hard, by believing in yourself, by proving yourself."
Haifaa al-Mansour: "No one will give you change. You have to work for it. You have to earn it not by screaming, but by working hard, by believing in yourself, by proving yourself."
Photo credit: HaylieNiemann, via Wikimedia Commons

Haifaa Al-Mansour (1974-) is a Saudi Arabian film director.  In 2012, she became the first female Saudi filmmaker with the award-winning Wadjda - the first feature-length film to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. Wadjda tells the story of a Saudi girl who wants to ride a bicycle but isn’t allowed. The film was also the first Saudi submission for the Academy Awards, received a BAFTA nomination, and won 3 awards at the Venice Film Festival. 

At the time, Al-Mansour had to direct Wadjda while hiding in a van since women were not allowed to work with men or be seen walking around on the streets."Some of the neighbourhoods are conservative so I had to be in a van and direct the actors through the phone or walkie talkies," - said Al-Mansour (Source).

Following the success of Wadjda, Al-Mansour produced three other features, Mary Shelley, a biopic about the English writer of Frankenstein, a film adaptation of Trisha R. Thomas’ Nappily Ever After, and, most recently, The Perfect Candidate, a story of a Saudi doctor, Maryam, who runs for office in a local election.


You Might Also Like

💫 Shonda Rhimes: "Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change."

🌱 Chloé Zhao: "Hold on to the goodness."

🎯 Ava DuVernay: "Be passionate and move forward with gusto every single hour of every single day until you reach your goal."

💡 Alejandro González Iñárritu: "To question your own process is a necessity. If you don’t question yourself - it is impossible to improve."

Nikol Chen (she/her)

Digital Content Manager, Laidlaw Foundation

Hello! My name is Nikol and I look after the Laidlaw Scholars Network.

I am originally from Kazakhstan and I studied Human Sciences at UCL. My final research explored the potential effects of design on patient wellbeing in hospitals, and I also took modules such as Ethnographic Documentary Filmmaking, Anthropology of the Built Environment, Art in the Public Sphere, and other less interesting-sounding things :)

Drop me a line if you have any questions about the site, or if you'd just like to chat! I am always down to meet interesting people, so let's get [virtual] coffee ☕️