Ahd Kamel

Actor, Screenwriter & Director

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Ahd Kamel is a woman of ‘firsts’. She is the first Saudi ever to get a directing degree from New York Film Academy. She’s best known for her role in the BAFTA nominated Wadjda which was Saudi Arabia’s first feature film. Her second film, Sanctity, was the first Saudi film to feature in Berlin Film Festival. And now, she is the first Saudi woman to star in a Netflix series called The Collateral alongside Carey Mulligan, John Simm, Billie Piper, and July Namir.

Ahd Kamel has won many awards for her roles in films like The Shoemaker, Sanctity, Razaan, and La Saintete which she has also directed.

Her directorial debut film, The Shoemaker, was the best short film at Beirut International Film Festival. Her acting debut got her the Best Actress Award at San Francisco International Film Festival in 2006.

She looks forward to changing the discourse about Saudi women. She sees herself as the change that is needed to change the way people see them.

More information

Ahd Kamel is appearing at the following sessions:

The Female Gaze Part II

The Female Gaze Part II

After tackling the subject head on in last years thought provoking and mind-opening session, The Female Gaze returns. With some of the UK’s most ground breaking and trail-blazing wonder women, we continue the conversation that affects ALL of us.