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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.

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