D I R E C T O R ' S S T A T E M E N T
The story of ‘Precious’ has constantly been formulating in my subconscious without me being fully aware that I would make a film about it one day. It is an amalgamation of stories that I’ve witnessed first-hand, as well as stories I’ve heard from friends and relatives of mine.
The film brings into question many aspects of Saudi culture that have become increasingly problematic in modern-day society. These include pre-arranged marriage, the male ego in a patriarchal society, as well as society’s expectations of how one should comport themselves and the negative effects these pressures have on marital relationships. It is a story very much specific to Saudi identity but the core of the issue is the need to fit in, and this is something people of all walks of life can relate to.