Wadjda

  • Screening Date: 5th June 2014, 8 pm
  • Starring: Reem Abdullah, Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Rafa Al Sanea, Sultan Al Assaf, Dana Abdullilah, Rehab Ahmed
  • Directed by: Haifaa Al-Mansour (feature debut)
  • Running time: 98 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Language: Haifaa Al-Mansour (feature debut)
Synopsis:

Wadjda, a young Saudi Arabian girl, challenges her country’s conservative traditions by facing off against her neighbour in a bike race. With bike-riding frowned upon for Saudi girls (it is also illegal for women to vote or drive), her mother refuses to buy it for her, so Wadjda finds other ways of getting the money. This is the first feature to be directed both entirely in Saudi Arabia and by a Saudi woman (Haifaa Al Monsour), no small feat for a country that banned cinemas for over 30 years.