Wadjda

Wadjda

Wadjda

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.

Winner of 'CinemAvvenire', C.I.C.A.E. and Interfilm awards at Venice Film Festival 2012
2012Rating: PG98 minsSaudi ArabiaArabic with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema
87%
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

flicks

Not many feature films have been made in Saudi Arabia. Even more remarkable in a patriarchal, totalitarian society is Wadjda, the first Saudi film to be scripted and directed by a woman, Haifaa Al-Mansour. It’s a simple tale, boldly shot and simply told. Young Wadjda dreams of getting a bicycle and racing her best friend, Abdullah. No big deal for us, but for a girl in Riyadh, riding a bike and associating with boys are immoral acts.

4.0
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Loved this film. Cried a lot. Very emotional, inspiring and wonderfully directed.

5.0
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I want to ride my bicycle

The plot is: child wants a toy, what lengths will she go to, to get it. Which might be boring except that Wadjda is charming, inventive and stubborn; and the child in us wants her to succeed in getting a bike of her own, so she can race the boy next door. Actually everyone in this film wants something, as gradually becomes clear as we over hear Wadjda's...

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Al Mansour captures the isolation of Saudi women and their parallel lives of freedom at home and invisibility outside.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

Al-Mansour carefully dodges easy uplift, but her message of hope to future generations of Saudi women is clear.

4.0
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Time Out

Time Out

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There’s lots of crowd-pleasing triumph at the end of Wadjda’s gauntlet.

4.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Finds room to maneuver between harsh realism and a more hopeful kind of storytelling. There is warmth as well as austerity.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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You'd need a heart of stone not to be won over by Wadjda

4.0
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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

An object of stark beauty, an oasis of free-spirited cinema emerging from the desert.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

As simple and charming as you could wish for.

4.0
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Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

flicks

Not many feature films have been made in Saudi Arabia. Even more remarkable in a patriarchal, totalitarian society is Wadjda, the first Saudi film to be scripted and directed by a woman, Haifaa Al-Mansour. It’s a simple tale, boldly shot and simply told. Young Wadjda dreams of getting a bicycle and racing her best friend, Abdullah. No big deal for us, but for a girl in Riyadh, riding a bike and associating with boys are immoral acts.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Al Mansour captures the isolation of Saudi women and their parallel lives of freedom at home and invisibility outside.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Al-Mansour carefully dodges easy uplift, but her message of hope to future generations of Saudi women is clear.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

There’s lots of crowd-pleasing triumph at the end of Wadjda’s gauntlet.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Finds room to maneuver between harsh realism and a more hopeful kind of storytelling. There is warmth as well as austerity.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

You'd need a heart of stone not to be won over by Wadjda

4.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

An object of stark beauty, an oasis of free-spirited cinema emerging from the desert.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

As simple and charming as you could wish for.

4.0
0

Loved this film. Cried a lot. Very emotional, inspiring and wonderfully directed.

5.0
0

I want to ride my bicycle

The plot is: child wants a toy, what lengths will she go to, to get it. Which might be boring except that Wadjda is charming, inventive and stubborn; and the child in us wants her to succeed in getting a bike of her own, so she can race the boy next door. Actually everyone in this film wants something, as gradually becomes clear as we over hear Wadjda's...

4.0
0