Saudi Women’s Driving School (2019)
It’s always been illegal for women to drive in Saudi Arabia. Even to their local grocery store. Until 2018, when King Salman decreed that women be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Women’s Driving School visits the country’s first women-only driving school, what this newfound freedom means and why it’s not quite the change everyone thinks it is.
Saudi women like Shahad al-Humaizi have been given the chance to do something the western world takes for granted: the right to go where they want, when they want, under their own supervision. And they couldn’t be happier,
The doccie’s director Erica Gornall says that “for women like race-car driver Amjad Alamri and Uber driver al-Humaizi, the ban ending translates into career opportunities”. It’s not a small, insignificant step forward. It really is life-changing, and you can see that in the honesty of the women who now have the thrill of driving cars, busses, trucks and anything with wheels.
The driving school is like any other driving school and the fly-on-the-wall doccie does what it says: it follows women driving. There is the odd interview from men in the industry, as well as one husband who says that while he’s happy that his wife can drive, he doesn’t want her to because it will bring shame on his family. Yup.
IMDB rating: 5.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%