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SPRING 2014 March 9 in Sechelt, March 10 in Gibsons

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Wadjda

Saudi Arabia/Germany 2013, 98 min, drama. Arabic with English subtitles.
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour

Still from  'Wadjda'

Saudi Arabia’s first film by a female director, Wadjda tells the story of a determined 10year-old girl who dreams of owning a bicycle.

Wadjda (newcomer Waad Mohammed) is an energetic, fun-loving girl who constantly pushes against the boundaries of her conservative community, wearing high-top sneakers under the long-robed school uniform, and clandestinely listening to underground pop music. When she sees a beautiful green bike for sale she becomes determined to buy it, despite being forbidden by her mother. Charming, touching, and inspirational, Wadjda is a must-see.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT
I’m so proud to have shot the first full-length feature ever filmed entirely inside the Kingdom. I come from a small town in Saudi Arabia where there are many girls like Wadjda who have big dreams, strong characters and so much potential. These girls can, and will, reshape and redefine our nation. It was important for me to work with an all-Saudi cast, to tell this story with authentic, local voices. Filming was an amazing cross-cultural collaboration that brought two immensely talented crews, from Germany and Saudi Arabia, into the heart of Riyadh. I hope the film offers a unique insight into my own country and speaks of universal themes of hope and perseverance that people of all cultures can relate to.
— Haifaa Al Mansour

MORE ABOUT THIS FILM

Official website.

 

Reviews

'The Shawati' Interviews' Wadjda Filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour, Interview in the Huffington Post, by E. Nina Rothe, January 2014.

Review: Wadjda . Review in the London Film Review, July 2013.

 

 

Poster for 'Wadjda'


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