In 2017, King Salman of Saudi Arabia issued a statement allowing Saudi women to drive a vehicle in keeping with Sharia law. Saudi Women’s Driving School is an HBO documentary directed by Erica Gornall that deals with the impact of the lifting of that ban, focusing specifically on a driving school in Riyadh that offers its services to females only. Gornall’s camera records the faces and feelings of women slowly gaining their independence in an oppressive culture.

Premieres on HBO on Thurs., Oct. 24.

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