Wadjda

  • Film
  • Drama
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‘Wadjda’ is the first feature film to be filmed in Saudi Arabia by a woman, and one of few films to emerge from the country at all. Such milestones can be millstones, but director Haifaa Al-Mansour makes forceful points about her country’s gender politics within a story that’s light and unassuming. In fact, her film is so accessible it could play to audiences the same age as its heroine, Wadjda (Waad Mohammed), a ten-year-old girl in a world dominated by men, who wonders if life could be different. She wants money to buy a bicycle, in defiance of tradition, and enters a Qur’an contest at school with a cash prize. Al-Mansour’s tale is simple and hardly groundbreaking, but she tells it with grace, warmth and clarity. Perhaps the most radical thing about her film is that she reveals the dominance of men and conservatism in Saudi society while putting women, girls and hope front and centre.

Release details

Rated: PG
Release date: Friday July 19 2013
Duration: 97 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Haifaa Al Mansour
Screenwriter: Haifaa Al Mansour
Cast: Reem Abdullah
Waad Mohammed
Abdullrahman Al Gohani
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Sureta Chana

Sublime. It is a slice of life of a Muslim girl who is a revolutionary without knowing it. It is what it is, a wonderful movie which has a simple story but the depth of an ocean. It is not a movie to be missed.

Sureta Chana

Sublime. It is a slice of life of a Muslim girl who is a revolutionary without knowing it. It is what it is, a wonderful movie which has a simple story but the depth of an ocean. It is not a movie to be missed.

sticky

Much better than I thought it would be. Dave Calhoun's review is spot-on (as he often is). Funny in many places and very thought-provoking, even for a traveller to many Muslim countries like myself. A very simple story but very well-paced and manages to subtly raise sensitive cultural topics without heavy preaching. Film benefits so much from a great un self-conscious performance from the main character, Wadjda, whose plight you get really involved in. Also great acting from the actress playing the headteacher.