A Saudi film has been awarded the prestigious Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival 2019, which was held in Park City, Utah, the US.
Directed by Raed Alsemari, "Dunya’s Day" became the first Saudi movie to be shown at the renowned Sundance Film Festival, Okaz reported.
The 14-minute film recounts the story of Dunya as she struggles to organise a graduation party after her household staff fails to show up to help.
The all-Saudi cast includes Sarah Balghonaim as Dunya, and Sarah Altaweel and Rahaf as Dalal and Deema, respectively, her best friends.
"Dunya's Day" was selected from over 14,259 submissions from 152 countries.
The members of the three-person jury were actor Sheila Vand, playwright Young Jean Lee and filmmaker and photographer Carter Smith.
The scenes of the film were shot in the neighbourhood of Al-Amara, to the north of Riyadh.
The short movie was shown by the Saudi Film Council at the Vox Cinema in Riyadh, in the presence of more that 200 critics and artists.