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"Rising Star Walid Chaya’s Short Film “Driving Ms. Saudi” Screens Worldwide"
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وليد شيا يسلط الضوء عالمياً على الإيجابيات في البلدان العربية

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وليد شيّا… مبدع لبناني في هوليوود

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"Lebanese Filmmaker’s Heartfelt Film About Saudi Women Driving Is Being Featured Worldwide"
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Walid Chaya &

Barrie Adleberg

Director of Photography

Michael Cerisano

Associate Producer 

Mauricio Marces 



Currently in the film festival circuit. 

For private screeners or more information please email us.


As of 2018, women are finally allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. Inspired by this news, a son must help his Saudi mother put her future in drive when she panics in the drivers seat for the first time. #women2drive


This short film is based on a stage sketch that premiered in New York City Off-Broadway at The People’s Improv Theater, the famous live-venue awarded “Best of Comedy” by Time Out New York and “Best Comedy Club” by The Village Voice.


Walid Chaya is an award-winning director-actor based in Los Angeles. Walid can be seen in "Madam Secretary" (CBS), "Blacklist: Redemption" (NBC), "The Looming Tower" (Hulu) and opposite Jamie Bell in the feature "Skin" directed by Oscar-Winner Guy Nattiv. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and the Stage Directors Choreographer Society.

Walid wrote, directed and starred in "Driving Ms. Saudi", which won Best Short Film in Dubai's prestigious WOW Mid-East Film Fair, Silver Metal for Best Comedy Short at the Asia South East-Short Film Festival, among other official screenings at over 15 prominent festivals from around the world.

Walid is also the Founder of Studio For Performing Arts LA and Moonlit Wings Productions, 2x WINNER for "Best Arts Programs" by Washington Family Magazine. Walid speaks English & Arabic fluently. He was awarded the "Diversity Scholarship Award" from Upright Citizens Brigade LA for his work in original content, improvisation and sketch comedy.

Walid is an alumni of The American Theatre Wing's, founder by the Tony® Awards, SpringBoardNYC directors program. He also received a B.F.A. in Performance with Magna Cum Laude honors from VCUarts, ranked the #1 public university school of arts by US News & World Report. After college, Walid lived and worked in New York for several years. In 2018, he relocated to Los Angeles to further develop his on-camera career and is actively working in film and television.