Wadjda is a movie of firsts. This first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia is the story of a young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. Even more impressive, Wadjda is the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker. In a country where cinemas are banned and women cannot drive or vote, writer- director Haifaa Al Mansour has broken many barriers with her new film. This is a warmly emotional and gently provocative coming-of-age drama which offers a message of hope to future generations of Saudi women.
PG cert – Saudi Arabia 2013 – Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Running time: 98 minutes – Language: Arabic
Cast: Reem Abdullah, Waad Mohammed