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**FILE** A woman gets into a car in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 24, 2011. (Associated Press)

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Haifaa al-Mansour directed "Wadjda" mostly from the back of a van, using walkie-talkies to communicate with the mostly male crew in sex-segregated Saudi Arabia. "I was trying to take them on a journey," she said. (Sony Pictures Classics)

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Haifaa al-Mansour, director of the acclaimed film "Wadjda," was assisted in Saudi Arabia by Abdullrahman Al Gohani (left), Waad Mohammed and others. (Sony Pictures Classics photographs)

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Haifaa al-Mansour directed "Wadjda" mostly from the back of a van, using walkie-talkies to communicate with the mostly male crew in sex-segregated Saudi Arabia. "I was trying to take them on a journey," she said. (Sony Pictures Classics)

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** FILE ** Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah performs Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in September 2010. (AP Photo/Saudi Press Agency)

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Worshippers visit the Prophet Mohammad's tomb inside the Prophet Mohammad's Mosque in Medinah city in Saudi Arabia, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

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**FILE** A U.S. tank takes part in Exercise Eager Lion, at the Jordan-Saudi Arabia border, 150 miles (240 kilometers) south of Amman, Jordan, on May 25, 2012. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** A U.S. tank takes part in Exercise Eager Lion, at the Jordan-Saudi Arabia border, 150 miles (240 kilometers) south of Amman, Jordan, on May 25, 2012. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Saudi women attend the Gulf youth conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 2012. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Saudi women attend the Gulf youth conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 2012. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Muslim women pilgrims make their way to throw cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina near the Saudi holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 6, 2011. (Associated Press)

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Muslim women pilgrims make their way to throw cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina near the Saudi holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 6, 2011. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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**FILE** Members of a Saudi female soccer team practice at a secret location in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 21, 2012. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Members of a Saudi female soccer team practice at a secret location in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 21, 2012. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** King Abdullah (center) of Saudi Arabia waves during the inauguration of the Princess Noura bint Abdulrahaman University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, May 15, 2011. The school will be the biggest women's university in the world, with capacity for 40,000 students. (AP Photo/Saudi Press Agency)

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** FILE ** Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz (right) is visted by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi at the al-Salam palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2012. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, is welcomed by Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense Salman bin Abdulaziz , center, during a meeting at his residence in Riyadh, on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Jim Watson, Pool)

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**FILE** Muslim women pilgrims make their way to throw cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina near the Saudi holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Nov. 6, 2011. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** A Saudi woman drives a car in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the nation's capital, as part of a campaign to defy a ban on women driving, in an image made from video released on Friday, June 17, 2011, by Change.org. (AP Photo/Change.org)

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A Saudi man checks a computer profiling the 85 men on the kingdom's new most-wanted list in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2009.